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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 04 August 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, August 06, 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: “So fun! Once in a lifetime experience! Absolutely amazing! Words don’t describe the experience! One item off the Bucket List!” The Potters.

“Great trip and amazing experience! Well run and educational!” Thomas Avent.

“Amazing experience! Will remember it always!” Jones Family.

04/08/2012
Location:
East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.1 'C
Depth: 12.6m
Visibility: 8m
Number of Sharks: 5+11+14
Conditions: cloudy with light winds.

We had three great trips today and it was very interesting to be able to see the sun rise on the first one, the sun at its highest on the second one and the sun going down on the third one! It’s amazing to see how the landscape changes throughout the day! I believe my best photo opportunity arose on the final moments of the day! We had a lovely father and daughter pare on our first trips that were very eager for some shark action and after a voyage from Gansbaai we delivered! Our second trip had a very lively bunch and some of them said I bare a resemblance to Mr Bean! I would just like to disagree with them on record :)! We even had a seal ‘poop’ in front of the cage! The sharks were just too much for the poor seal! Then came the sunset on the third trip in spectacular fashion! Have a look for yourselves...

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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