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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 18 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, August 21, 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.

Guest comment: “A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Loved it! The highlight of our week so far. Everyone should do this :)! Thank you.” Ali and Matt Cox.

“Amazing experience! Best diving experience to date! The staff and crew were very attentive, helpful and friendly. Keep up the good work!” Inoshini.

“Breathtaking experience! It was my dream to dive with these beautiful creatures and you made it come true. Thank you!” Alison Simpson.

18/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 15.1 'C
Depth: 23.0m
Visibility: 8.0m
Number of Sharks: 14+10
Conditions: Sunny and swell

The very first thing we spotted on our way out to our dive site was a Southern Right Whale, now if that’s not how you start your day then I don’t know how else :)! This adult was very close to the boat and gave us a nice steady passing by, enough time for everyone to grab at least one photo opportunity! Thereafter onwards to our shark dive! We had a large number of sharks on both our trips; however it was not the numbers that need to be mentioned but rather the individuals. We had a 3.7 meter male shark that just kept passing really close to the cage and kept starring at the divers! Nerve racking for some and amazing for others! A really nice shark...
 



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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