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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 13 September 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: shark cage diving, Southern Right Whale,

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! 13 sharks sighted plus 2 whales. An experience we’ll always remember!” Sue and Sal.

“An unforgettable experience! And the work of the volunteers and their kindness are certainly factors that contributed to the fun on board!” Maria and friends.

“Brilliant experience-amazing to see sharks in their natural habitat at such a close distance, yet feel 100% safe-Thanks!” Brendan and Martina.

13/09/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.3 'C
Depth: 8.5m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 13
Conditions: Light rains and swell.

The whale sightings are definitely giving the shark sightings a run for their money! It was incredible to see two Southern Right Whales so close to our boat and the fact that they loved to pose for photos made it even better. This was also at the very beginning of our trip and therefore laid the path for things to come. The sharks were equally as impressive with sightings of two tagged sharks; one acoustically and the other satellite. The largest shark was well over the 4 meter marker and the smallest was about 1.7 meters, a nice variation amongst individuals. Another great day in Kleinbaai...
 

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