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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 27 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, July 27, 2012 |  3 Comments 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 experience, crew and animals (THE BEST)!! Expect a lot more calls from me! Thank you!” Marilize du Toit.

“Very well organised crew/volunteers, very helpful. Enjoyed it a lot! Will most definitely recomend it to anyone!” Connie Hillebrand.

“Thanks-Great Trip! Well done to Nicola and all the guys! Cool!” Roy Carlisle.

27/07/2012
Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 15.3m
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Cloudy with some swell and light rain!

Fantastic work done by both Kwezi and Zane allowed for some fantastic photo opportunities! You need to be very good at anticipating the next move of the shark in order to assure that they do not get the bait. Some sharks will hang around for ages and participate in this cat and mouse game for hours, others decide that it is not for them and leave after one or two passes. We had a variety of different shark sizes ranging from 2.3 meters all the way to the 4.2 meter sizes. Despite some people succumbing to “motion distress” on board the trip, the sharks didn’t mind a little bit of extra chum in the water! Thanks to those who made their contribution :)...
 

 

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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