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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 24 September 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, September 24, 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: “Amazing! The trip was so much fun. I am glad I had the chance to do this. The crew was awesome! I will definitely recommend this trip to others!” Jacquelyn.

“Amazing! Most definitely will do this again, plus amazing customer service!” Allan.

“Amazing! You guys are awesome! Thank you for an unforgettable experience!” Brittany.

24/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.9 'C
Depth: 10.9m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 5
Conditions: Sunny with some swell.

We didn’t have a record number of sharks today, but you would not have noticed any difference. The sharks we had just kept circling the boat for the entire duration of the trip. We also had a nice 4 meter female make several passes by the cage; this made several of the girls scream of excitement/fear! It is always great to witness people’s reactions first hand. They all pulled through and just kept asking for more. The crew was more than willing to indulge and gave them a couple more screaming opportunities. We ended the trip off with a Southern Right Whale sighting on our way to Shark Alley. Great end to a great day...

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