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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 29 July 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 |  0 Comment

Author: Oliver Jewell (Marine Biologist)
Born in London, England, Oliver has been in South Africa for the past 4 years after earning a BSc (hons) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. His first experience with Great White Sharks was similar to many people's only experience - watching the film Jaws. Since that day, he has been dedicated to learning everything he could about sharks and ways of protecting them.

Guest comment: “Staff so caring and friendly – very well organised – lots of sharks FREEZING WATER! J” Samantha Armstrong

“Great fun! Once in a lifetime experience that lived up to expectations and more! Too good!” Bernard Norton & Adam Brown

29/07/2012

Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.4 'C
Visibility: 7-10m
Number of Sharks: 8-10
Conditions: Sheltered from a moderate Southeaster

A beautiful day out at sea and we were treated to two smaller white sharks for the first hour of our trip. Both around 3 meters in length they were fairly feisty and made numerous passes of the cage. However it wasn’t until an hour into the trip that things really started to get exciting, our third shark was around 4.2 m in length and our fourth a little over 4.5! Not long after their arrivals we were surrounded by many sharks leaving the final count between 8 and 10 – what a way to end the trip! Special thanks to Brian Beck and Sébastien Houis who joined us for two and three days in a row!



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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