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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 01 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Monday, October 01, 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: “Sharks, whales and seals oh my! Amazing experience! Would definitely do it again!” Erika and Renee.

“Amazing experience! Can’t wait to get home and tell my boys their mom swam with the sharks!” Cindy.

“Sharks were gorgeous and everyone was very helpful and professional! Thank you!” Kate and Richard.

01/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.8 'C
Depth: 7.5 m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: swell with some wind.

A dual trip today with both sharks and whales to see! We were very much in luck to spot two adult Southern Right Whales outside the harbour and then another two, a mother and her calf, on our way to Dyer Island after our shark trip. It is really special to be able to see such awesome diversity from such a close proximity and even better if your camera battery is fully charged :)! One of our first sharks put on a flying spectacle and gave us some great sightings! The ‘Big Girls’ did not make an appearance, however the smaller sharks compensated with style! Slightly chilly conditions gave way to warmer conditions later on. Still always a good idea to bring a jacket...

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