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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 12 September 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Grey headed gull, 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: “Amazing experience, lucky enough to see dolphins, whales, seals and several sharks! Best excursion I’ve done in 6 years!” Will Collins.

“Thank you so much for an amazing day! Definitely the highlight of our honeymoon. To all crew and vols, you were amazing! Thank you.” Belinda and Craig.

“Nicola very informative. Staff excellent! Experience one of its own. Thank you and best wishes.” Henriette.

12/09/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.0 'C
Depth: 9.26m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Sunny and calm.

We almost had the entire Marine Big 5 today: Sharks, whales, seals, dolphins and almost a penguin. Even though we are here to see the Great White Shark in action, it’s always great to be able to appreciate the immense diversity that we find in this area. I think the only major complaint from everyone was that their battery life on their cameras was dying or that their memory cards were filling up to fast :)! The sharks did keep us waiting for a while today, but when they showed up it was spectacular. A little patience is always needed...
 

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