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  • In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m. The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m.

  • If you see a white shark in the water don’t panic. Chances are high that the shark has already detected you and isn’t interested. White shark attacks are normally associated with poor visibility, so avoid murky conditions.

  • White sharks have a unique system called a “counter current heat exchange”, which keeps their body  tempreture +/- 7C above the surrounding water temperature. 

  • All sharks have an incredibly unique system on the tip of their nose called the “ampillae of Lorenzini”. These are small pores filled with a gel that transmits the electrical currents in the water to the shark’s brain so that it can assess its environment.

  • White sharks give birth to live young (not eggs), and they give birth to 6-8 pups at one time. Pups are usually between 1.0-1.5m in length and are born with teeth.

  • Body language has been a well documented form of shark communication and has identified body arching, jaw gaping, and other postures as specific social tactics.

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Daily trip 24 July 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “Incredible experience that I will never forget! Staff was super nice and knowledgeable! Thank you!” Max Magerman.

“Fantastic experience and knowledgeable staff! Good work on the video Clarence! P.S. Thanks for the sick bags!” Sharon and Shaun.

“Thanks for the memories! Everyone was so great! Thanks for helping check something off my ‘Bucket list’!” Allison Freeman.

24/07/2012
Location:
Wilfred’s Rock
Water Temperature: 14.7 'C
Depth: 8.54m
Visibility: 11.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny with winds.

Some of the best visibility that we have had in quite a while around the island! We could see all the way down to the sea bed and beyond. Its days like today that I need to restrain myself from jumping overboard and indulging my desire to swim circles around the boat! Great bunch of people on board today who were very happy with the shark activity, despite the waiting time. It had to happen sooner or later; our zero waiting time had to run out at some point. The delay was only about a half hour, nothing to bad though, well worth it as you can see on the photos! Let’s see what tomorrow brings...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then White Shark Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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