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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 22 September 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Saturday, September 22, 2012 |  0 Comment

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)
Alison has always been fascinated by the Great White Shark - to such an extent that it is believed that she might have been one in a previous life! This qualified PADI instructor and SAMSA skipper who also boasts a BSc(hons) degree in Marine Biology, and an MSc in Zoology. She is happiest at sea where she can study and observe these apex predators in their natural environment and help find solutions to protect them through education and international policies.

Location: Joubertsdam
Conditions: Wind chop and rain 
Water temp: 15°C
Visibility: 6-7m
No. sharks:10

Another great trip inshore with plenty of shark activity to enjoy! On arriving at our location the sky decided to open up so we promptly got our divers changed into their westuits.With no waiting time at all we were joined by a very active juvenille shark, who rushed passed the cage countless times. The sharks seemed to arrive in size order today,as another shark joined us measuring 3 meters, followed by a really large female (comfortably over 4 meters) with bite wounds down her left flank from another shark. Everyone enjoyed the diving, which we had unexpected great visibility for, they forgot about the rain, and ten sharks later were a very happy crowd heading back to the harbor indeed!

Guest comments:

"What a great way to spend a honeymoon! Thank you all- Great memories and experience!xx" Greg and Jo Stammer, UK

"Was a great experience! Awesome crew :) Thank you for the amazing time!" Kaelin and Shane, Pro dive, SA. 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage Diving South in Africa, 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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