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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 25 September 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 |  0 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: “First dive and it was absolutely brilliant! Great staff and crew made it a very enjoyable day! Thanks, we’ll be back!” Ben and Bethany.

“Very professional and knowledgeable team! Thank you for an amazing day and wonderful experience.” Becky.

“Fantastic experience! Would recommend Marine Dynamics in an instance. Can’t wait to do it again!” Matthew and Eliza.

25/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.5 'C
Depth: 7.5 m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 7+9
Conditions: cloudy initially with sunny conditions later on.

We had two trips today with very active sharks present on both. Our first trip hosted a group of bikers who are travelling through Southern Africa over the next 100 days. I think they kicked their trip off on a fantastic note. It is truly something special to be able to experience the surrounding environment while doing something that you are very passionate about. A pleasure to have had you join us today. We were also very lucky to spot a Southern Right Whale and her calf in the area. Our second trip had a few more people on board than the first, not a problem because we can take 40 passengers with ease. We had some nice big sharks here as well; we also spotted a sat tagged shark which we have seen on several occasions in the area, however not recently. Great weather and great sharks made for a great day...

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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