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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 19 August 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Shy Albatross,

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: “Awesome experience, staff and volunteers were lovely and look after us well! Thanks:)!” Kerry Goodridge.

“Absolutely amazing experience, truly unique and memorable. Will be back to do it again.” Robert Appleton.

“Amazing experience, was a great feeling especially seeing sharks come towards you!” Ralph.

19/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.7 'C
Depth: 21.2 m
Visibility: 7m
Number of Sharks: 11+11
Conditions: Swell and wind.

Not only did we have great sharks around the boat today, but we also had some very nice bird sightings. I was able to capture a snap shot of a Shy Albatross making a pass by the cage! It seems everyone wants to have a look to see what we’re doing! I also need to mention Daniel who was a very brave 7 year old boy. Initially he was a bit nervous getting into the cage, but at the end of the dive it was a struggle getting him out. He was a true champ and did very well when the sharks were nice and close! Just goes to show that shark cage diving is open to those of all ages...



If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then 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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