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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 22 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, August 22, 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: “Even our seasickness couldn’t take away from our awesome experience!” Jennifer and Sean.

“Once in a lifetime experience will never forget. Staff were 1st class.” Danny Martinez.

“The people were so fun and friendly and the sharks were too! Best graduation gift ever!!” Angela Scioli.

22/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.1 'C
Depth: 22.6m
Visibility: 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 15
Conditions: swelly

A fantastic day of leaping sharks, we were also able to capture a seals perspective on a approaching Great white shark. One of our volunteers was willing to place his GoPro cameras on the line by attaching it to the bottom of our seal decoy. It was nerve renching to watch, the tense moments were more surrounding the fact that the footage might be lost at any moment, the camera could be replaced :)! Some great sharks in the size range of 4.5 meters who came very close to the cage at times! Great to see the nervous faces of the people in the cage and then the relief that always follows the thrill! What a day...

 



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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