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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 26 July 2012 | Shark 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: “Amazing to see so many sharks and it was very informative too!” Kabir Bali.

“I won’t mind if I die now...:)! Definitely I’ll come again!” Ajay Juyal.

“The staff was very helpful and attentive. I had a marvellous experience!” Walber Daughety.

26/07/2012
Location: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.7 'C
Depth: 19.1m
Visibility: 10.0m
Number of Sharks: 14
Conditions: Cloudy and calm

We had a very international and diverse group on board today, this definitely allowed for some communication hurdles to be crossed :)! Even though we were all from different parts of the globe, one thing brought us together here in Kleinbaai, our passion for the Great White Shark! Baring that in mind made communication a breeze, everyone knew what I was talking about and where to look as long as I included shark in my sentences hahaha! We had some great weather and perfectly timed, because the clouds are starting to look a lot darker than they did this morning! We had several big sharks around the boat around the 4 meter margin; however they were dwarfed by a massive 4.8 meter female! She just seemed to appear and disappear out from the abyss and cause an awkward silence on the boat. A truly fantastic animal with several “tiger stripes” on its tail making her very recognisable! We will see if we can find her tomorrow...
 

 

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