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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 02 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, August 02, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Whale watching,

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: “What an amazing experience! The sharks were awesome and we got the bonus whale sightings. Fabulous!” Jeanette Landin.

“BEST THING EVER! All I’m gonna say!” Williams.

“I fell in love with the sharks and the boat and the water all over again every time I go into the cage! Thanks to the crew!” Helena Spleiss.

02/08/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 15.2m
Visibility: 9.0m
Number of Sharks: 13+14
Conditions: Swell initially but calmer later on.

What a day! It is tuff to say whether we went whale watching today or shark cage diving, either way we had an awesome time at sea for both our trips! We had an early start to our day in order to launch from Gansbaai harbour due to the low tide in Kleinbaai. This allowed us our first opportunity of the day to view an adult Southern Right Whale and her calf just relaxing outside the harbour. A truly beautiful sight. After giving everyone a great time at whale watching we pressed onwards towards our dive site where we had some fantastic shark sightings! Thereafter we were held up yet again by three adult  SR whales on our way towards the harbour. We were so lucky to have such great visibility because one whale came from underneath us! WOW, have a look at the picture! We had no whales on our second trip but we did get to see a predation take place only 100 meters away! There was a point where I thought the seal would make it, but it was not meant to be! Oddly enough we had a smaller shark around the boat that still had some seal entrails hanging from its gills, this was a bit disturbing for some but for most it was fascinating! What a day...
 

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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