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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 27 August 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, August 27, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Crazy vols, 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: “Great day, tour was very well run and a lot of fun! Experience of a lifetime!” Rebecca and John.

“A fantastic first day here! Looking forward to the rest of my time here as a volunteer. Keep up the good work! :)” Rasmus.

“Amazing experience, thank you so much for helping me with my Bucket List!” Katrina.

27/08/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 8.7m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: cloud and sun

What a day! Not only did our weather change dramatically from gloomy to sunny and warm, but the sharks were flying! One of our first sharks to arrive on the scene was very energetic and just kept chasing after our decoy! This shark was creating some of the best photo opportunities and if you had your camera in hand you definitely captured something to take home with you. After an amazing shark dive we started to make our way back towards the harbour and here we spotted a Southern right whale, great way to end off. A really thrilling trip...

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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