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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 08 September 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 |  2 Comments 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: “Thanks a lot for the well organised trip and the thrilling experience, well done!” Gido and Anne.

“Have been here before, but THIS was absolutely perfect; whales, sharks and penguins! Perfect day with perfect crew!” Kritian.

“This tour was excellent and enjoyed to the fullest!” Scholar, Dudu and lindeka.

08/09/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.9 'C
Depth: 9m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 8+7
Conditions: Awesome!

Two great trips today with awesome weather, just before the winds start to pick up tomorrow! The only thing that compared with the great shark sightings was the Southern Right Whales that we saw on both of our trips. The one was a slightly smaller brindle whale with its white spots; this made the sighting even more special! The prop scar made a turn around the boat again today and it is starting to look better, it would seem. I am truly loving the weather and the awesome sightings...
 

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