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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 23 August 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Sunday, August 26, 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: “Excellent service, great experience! Will be back!” Miche.

“Trip has turned me from an interested person to a fan and advocate! Fantastic and will definitely return!” Lauren.

“Amazing day, best bday ever for me and will always remember this!” Aerek and Jacinta..

23/08/2012
Location
: East of Shark Alley
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 18.8
Visibility: 7.0m
Number of Sharks: 7+6
Conditions: calm with some wind

Two successful trips today with both shark sightings as well as a Southern Right Whale sighting on our first trip. We had an interesting group of rugby boys from the UK accompanied by their coaches and teachers; I know they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. On our second trip we had about the same number of sharks with equally good activity. We also had schools of Mullet surrounding the boat, most likely looking for a free meal. Great day...



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