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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 14 August 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Tuesday, August 14, 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: “An amazing experience with an educated and fun staff! Thank you for the memories!” Matthew and Meredith Lackey.

“A memorable experience! It’s interesting that once you get close to a shark they suddenly appear to have a very friendly face!” Amanda Styles.

“Came to South Africa on honeymoon specifically for this (don’t tell the Mrs) and wasn’t disappointed! Amazing day.” Ian Shutt.

14/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.7 'C
Depth: 10.2 m
Visibility: 10m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Strong wind and some nice swell.

Our trip had an early start to it in order to ensure that we had enough time back before the wind started to pick up! I love the choppy seas because it seems the sharks are just more prone to jump in these conditions! They were flying all over the place! We had a few Kelp gulls that were very fortunate not to get chomped, by the sharks, after they were coming dangerously close to the bait line! After a great spectacle of shark viewing we were treated to a roller coaster ride by our skipper! Very entertaining for most on board however slightly nauseating for others! A great combination of sharks and thrills today...
 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Diving in South 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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