open
<
1/6
  • 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.

>

Sharkwatch SA Blog

Book Now

Daily trip 04 September 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 |  1 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: “We came, we saw and we were inspired! Now we can expire happy! Amazing!” Tomy and Cheryl Banks.

“Awesome, very professional and well organised! Easier than I expected and a great experience!” Cheryl Chip.

“Much better than 2005 trip/which was very good. 11 sharks and 2 Southern Right Whales, tops for an active conservation project!” Zapo.

04/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.1 'C
Depth: 11.8m
Visibility: 2.0m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny with strong winds.

The South Easter was howling today! Despite the wind we had some great sunny conditions with amazing sharks! The majority of the sharks today were in the range of 4 meters and bigger. The visibility was a bit limiting today, but our bait handlers did an awesome job of luring the sharks nice and close to the cage, everyone saw the sharks. After the shark dive came to an end we made our way back to the harbour. It was just outside the harbour where we spotted two Southern Right Whales having a very “GOOD” time! It was amazing to see such large animals copulating! I’m glad the whales didn’t suffer from stage fright...
 



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.

comments powered by Disqus