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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 26 August 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, August 27, 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: “Truly phenomenal experience. Quite spectacular! Gorgeous animals and feel so privileged to have had the chance to witness/experience their beauty so close-up!” Collette Winn.

“Phenomenal experience! Outstanding and caring crew who made it fun and amazing! Unforgettable!” Tonya Grimes.

“Amazing experience! Everything I’ve ever wanted and more! Thank you for a great day! Awesome! Crew take care of you like your their child! Great day and a dream come true!” Christopher and Erika.

26/08/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 12m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 6
Conditions: swell and wind

Even though we did have a chilly wind and some swell today, the day was a massive success! We had two enormous sharks and some flying action! We have recently started to work around the inshore area again and unfortunately the visibility is limited at times, but as long as the sharks remain I’m happy. I just love to see happy faces...

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