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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 24 August 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, August 26, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Giant Petrel, 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: “Perfect team and beautiful sharks!!” Simon and Steph.

“This was great-you guys have an top notch outfit and do excellent job!! (We are on our honeymoon too with 4 kids!!)” Roberts Family

“Great staff/host, thank you! Sharks were accommodating eventually :)! Very cold water :)!” Jo Fish.

24/08/2012
Location: East of Shark Alley, Dam
Water Temperature: 14.3 'C
Depth: 15.9, 10.2 m
Visibility: 7, 3m
Number of Sharks: 1, 4
Conditions: sun and calm

Today was a bit of a waiting game on board Slash Fin! We have grown accustomed to the sharks arriving within minutes on the scene upon our arrival; however that was not to be. After a little of my singing and dancing routine a shark appeared on the scene and we were able to dive the majority of the people on board. After a period of silence, the skipper made the call to move to a new location. There we found some bigger sharks which were fantastic and we also saw a sat tagged shark. We later found out from our whale watching boat that they had spotted a pod of 6 killer whales chasing after a super pod of common dolphins. This could possibly be the explanation behind the scarcity of sharks...



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