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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 30 August 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, August 30, 2012 |  0 Comment

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: “A really excellent experience. The staff/crew were all lovely and very informative! Keep up the good work!” Karen and Ryan.

“Awesome! That was so much fun and a great experience! I will recommend this to everyone!” Matthew and Amanda.

“My second time diving with great whites and I come back for more, more and more. Thanks guys you are amazing!” Carlos Klein.

30/08/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.0 'C
Depth: 11.1m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 6
Conditions: Sunny with wind

The sun was out in full force today creating a typical holiday vibe on the boat with everyone just eager to lie around in the sun. The only thing preventing them from falling asleep on board was the massive shark activity! Even though we didn’t post record numbers of sharks, they were real players who just loved coming up close to the cage. We had another sighting of the shark who was hit by a prop and the scar it left behind. I will try to add a photo onto the blog every time I spot the shark! We can hopefully have a nice account of the healing process! Get well soon my friend...



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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