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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 08 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, August 08, 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: “Second time, a third is guaranteed! Truly a wonderful experience!” Jason, Dana, Hunter, John, Rahne Gremsley.

“Spectacular day, wonderful crew! Great session in the cage. Best crew aboard for sure.” Brian and Amy.

“This was better than we expected and the company’s commitment to conservation is tremendous!” Ben, Marissa, Anthony, Robin.

08/08/2012
Location
: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 17.0m
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 18+13
Conditions: wind and sun!

Two very successful trips today, both with an abundance of sharks! Even though we had a chilly wind out on the water, it was bearable due to the spaciousness of the boat and the fact that we have large tarps which can be dropped down to offer protection from the elements. An added bonus of seeing a Southern Right Whale on our way toward Shark Alley was great! Our second trip had the bonus of seeing a large group of penguins making their way towards Dyer Island, most likely to go tuck themselves in for the night! The trips had several sharks leaping for joy and I was happy to have my camera ready! Let’s see what tomorrow has in store...
 

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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