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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 28 August 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, August 29, 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: “Absolutely amazing, didn’t expect to see them so close! Awesome day, nice bonus seeing the whale.” Emma.

“Will be the most memorable day of my life! Had a super great time, staff were awesome and the sharks were playful! Cheers!” Chris.

“Great fun, had a really great time and we will never forget our experience! Great job guys, your company is the BEST!” Oliver and Augn.

28/08/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.0 'C
Depth: 10.8m
Visibility: 3.0m
Number of Sharks: 12+13
Conditions: swell

What a day at sea! On our second trip we had some very impressive and Big sharks! Several were around the 4 meter margin; however it was one of the smaller sharks that just kept flying out of the water! Great pic moments! We did have a shark today that was baring a massive scar, my best guess would be that it was from a boat prop, cannot be sure though it made a quick pass! Hope to see this wound heal nicely in the future! The best way to end a shark trip is to spot some whales on the way and that’s exactly how we did it! Two Southern Right whales gave us a proper send off! Thanks guys...



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