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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 13 August 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 |  1 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.

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“Absolutely stunning! Finally past fears from ‘Jaws’!! Will recommend to all!” Paul Martin.

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13/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.1 'C
Depth: 22.1m
Visibility: 10.0m
Number of Sharks: 5+20
Conditions: Sunny and swell

What a terrific weather day to have after a weekend like the one that just past! We had some very wet and windy days over the weekend and it was such a pleasure to host two trips in weather conditions like today! My tan is looking pretty good once again :)! We had some nice sized sharks on our first trip with one having some heavy scaring on his dorsal as well as to his body! We have seen this shark on several occasions, but not for a while! We had him on our second trip also and boy was he active! The one shark that was keeping our bait handlers very vigilant must have been the satellite tagged shark of today! This shark was flying all over the place like a bundle of energy! Hope I see You tomorrow again...
 

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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