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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 30 September 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, September 30, 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: “A fantastic experience. The crew were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Keep it up.” Tue

“Great trip! Definitely a highlight of our African Adventure. The tour guide was great and informative. Will definitely be recommending this group/tour to anybody else coming to CPT.” Krystyna and Jadan.

“Amazing! Hopefully this got David over his fears of sharks! Superb activity and one of the most memorable things we’ve done in SA. Thank you!” Laurissa and David.

30/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.3 'C
Depth: 7.6 m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 8 +8
Conditions: sunny with swell.

“Did you see that shark?” This was heard quite a few times on the boat today and for good reason. On both of our trips today we had an abundance of very large female sharks that were very eager to strut their stuff! They were coming in very close at times giving people great visuals from both the cage as well as the boat. We had a bonus sighting of a Southern Right Whale and her calf as well as a penguin on Geyser Rock. There was also a seal which had massive scars on its body from what seems to be a shark hit and miss. Not sure if he will make it or not. All and all some very amazing animals today. See you tomorrow... 
 

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