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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 25 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, July 26, 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: “The first but definitely not the last! It was brilliant, staff helpful and thank you for pointing them out every time!” Natale van Deventer.

“Words cannot describe the great joy and pleasure you have given me today. Will treasure the memory of today. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!” Gill Bennett.

“An amazing trip! Sharks were great and the crew were just as good!” Jonathan.

25/07/2012
Location: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15 'C
Depth: 14.1m
Visibility: 11.0m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Sunny and calm

Even though we have been having some Great Visibility and people might start to think that they have arrived in the tropics, you haven’t! Though the conditions are tremendous, our water temperature has not changed :)!  Our cold nutrient rich waters allow for incredible diversity and splendid shark viewing, but cold waters will always be part of the experience. I have grown accustomed to these waters and I honestly perceive them as being normal; well worth it in the end! We had some very nice passes and leaps in front of the cage to everyone’s surprise and delight! The sharks gave us several toothy moments as you can see on the pictures! Great fun out at sea...
 

 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage 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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