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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 30 July 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, August 01, 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: “A fantastic experience! I came to SA simply to shark cage dive and today didn’t disappoint! Brilliant staff-well done!” Elizabeth Dowler.

“It was my third trip with your company and it was the best. Great opportunity to make many pics of this beautiful animal! Thank you so much for this fantastic adventure! See you next year!” Sebastien Houis.

“Such a good experience! Changed my opinion on sharks!” Natalie Grundy.

30/07/2012
Location:
Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Depth: 13.1m
Visibility: 9.0m
Number of Sharks: 9 +12
Conditions: Sunny and warm!

The sun is shining and the weather is great! Always a pleasure to have the sun out like today especially in these cold winter days. This made for two very successful trips with tremendous shark activity. Our first trip had a lot of young people from all parts of the world, they formed part of the ‘Mike Horn’ group. These young people help the needy all across the globe, a true pleasure to have such good samaritans on board the boat. A massive 4.6 meter shark made an appearance on this trip to everyone’s delight. Our second trip had both young and old aboard and they were lucky to have no waiting time for the sharks to arrive and they were quite jumpy on the second trip. What a great day...
 

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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