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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 26 September 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, September 26, 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: “Great time, lots of sharks and great crew!” Roland.

“Thank you for an awesome time. An experience of a lifetime. Great staff :)!” Kristi and Alex.

“Wonderful experience-not to be missed!” Martin.

26/09/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.7 'C
Depth: 10 m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: cloudy and calm.

There is no better way of starting a shark trip, then by spotting a mother and calf Southern Right Whale just outside of the harbour. It’s just great to be able to see so many different things on a single trip! Even our bird sightings are phenomenal on all trips and today I got this photo of a Common Tern. Some nice sharky moments today with a large female shark making a dramatic impression after the smaller sharks had already impressed us. This female was well over 4 meters and was dramatically wide in its girth! What a great shark...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White 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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