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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 04 October 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Friday, October 05, 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: “Happy that I was able to do that, fantastic outing and a lot of sightings! Highly recommendable and an experience to remember!” Igor.

“Truly awe inspiring experience! Exceeded expectations. Thanks to the team for making it so enjoyable!” James.

“Truly wonderful- an experience of a lifetime- great to share with my grandchildren!” Virginia.

04/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.2 'C
Depth: 10.0 m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 5
Conditions: swell and rain.

Some rainy and wet conditions proved to be just what we needed to get the sharks jumping for joy! The rain did make it tricky to take photos, but as you can see it is definitely possible to get them. Our boat does offer a lot of shelter from the less favourable weather conditions and this is ideal for people of all ages. The sharks were tremendous in size and in personality! A truly spectacular day...
 

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