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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 03 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, October 03, 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 experience! Loved Nicola :)!” Jennifer.

“Thank you so much for taking care of us (the feeling sick persons)! The crew was lovely! Sharks are awesome!” Petra.

“Bloody fantastic!” Carney.

03/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.3 'C
Depth: 10.0 m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: swell and wind.

What an epic day! Not only did we see 11 sharks today, but we also saw 5 Southern Right Whales (3 adults and two calves). One of the whale calves was a brindle as well. This was very special to see for everyone on board, including the crew and myself! We had some big jumps with the sharks again today which provided some thrilling moments. Some very nice weather was seen early this morning, hence the early launch today. This did start to deteriorate later on in the day as we made our way home! Great people and great nature...

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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