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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 03 September 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, September 03, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Shy Albatross,

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: “Fantastic. Not scary at all! Beautiful creatures, an experience to remember!” Alexandra.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, Marine Dynamics –I’m crazy for you. Sharks came and twirled as I chucked and hurled! Amazing experience!” Temina

“Awesome sites! So close to the sharks :)! Great crew and volunteers!” Kelly.

03/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 10.1m
Visibility: 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Swelly and overcast

Today was one of those chilly days, where it would have been a bad idea to not to pack in an extra sweater! Despite the cold weather, we had great shark activity and our waiting time was only 10 min before the first three sharks were “knocking” on the cage. We also had one shark with a bit of a scar on the left of its face who was very content to just keep jumping all over the place! We had a sighting of the shark with the large prop scar again today; it’s still looking a bit fresh still. After some amazing shark acrobatics we had the treat of spotting a Southern Right Whale not too far from the boat! Always a treat to see these big animals...



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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