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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 01 August 2012 | 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: “Absolutely great crew on board, was an amazing experience never to be forgotten!” Candice Chetty.

“An awesome experience at an affordable price for a company doing a lot for conservation! More awareness and assistance is needed to maintain research.” Kevin.

“I was absolutely terrified beforehand, I am now ADDICTED! Thank you for an absolutely amazing experience!” Caitlin Parsley.

01/08/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.6 'C
Depth: 15.7m
Visibility: 9.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Some swell and a bit of sun!

There is a rumour going around stating that you require wings in order to be able to fly, I disagree! I believe you need fins :)! Today the sharks were full of spunk and that from start to finish! They were jumping like I haven’t seen in quite a while; you really do appreciate them more and more everyday! It was not a flat sea day today; however we had a very successful trip nonetheless! We had a sat tagged shark today, which I believe to be “Dorien”. Good to see these sharks are still doing well. Hope you enjoy the photos...
 

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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