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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 05 August 2012 | 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: “Superb, Terrific organisation, fun, insightful, truly lovely experience!” Tom Robitaille.

“It was really amazing!! I felt safe all the time and had a lot of fun! Thank you!!” Claudia Hanke.

“Amazing experience! Fantastic crew! Much more than we expected! Lifetime experience!” Joe and Jeanne Gillen.

05/08/2012
Location
: NE of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.0 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 7m
Number of Sharks: 8+13
Conditions: Wind and cloud cover.

The sharks were soaring through the air today; it was great to see them that jumpy! Both our trips were very entertaining with the amount of sharks we had. The first trip had some very funny girls on board making it extremely entertaining. At one stage we had a hagfish enter the cage and after Zane told everyone it was poisonous (which it isn’t), our divers were very eager to jump out of the cage! Sorry about that one guys, but it was funny! The second trip completely gave me a great impression of people from Texas! I had some great laughs with these 14 Americans who were just so entertaining! We were very lucky to be able to spot a Southern Right whale in front of the cage; very close to our boat!  Great way to end the trip...
 

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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