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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 10 August 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, August 10, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Hagfish, 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 fantastic day! Sharks were up close and personal-Brilliant!” Maggie and John.

“An amazing experience-one to remember! So much fun, especially since we go to go in twice! What a beautiful adventure :)!” Vicky and Becci.

“Excellent trip! A must when being in SA!” Jorge.

10/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 9.4m
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 12
Conditions: Sunny and wind!

We had a lovely early start to today’s trip! The reason for the early morning is not only because we love to start things on a good note, but because we are expecting a cold front to move in later today! I think initially the sharks were a bit slow a first but they definitely got a boost of energy later on as you can see in the photos! We had several sharks around the 4 meter margin; however there was the one large female that just kept giving us some tremendous poses! A hagfish did offer some entertainment for those on the boat and left some nervous faces on those in the cage, even though I told them it was harmless. At the end of our trip one could feel the chill in the air and the wind starting to pick up. Perfect timing to end our day...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage Diving South in Africa, 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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