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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 05 October 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Friday, October 05, 2012 |  3 Comments 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: “Perfect Day, Perfect Staff and Perfect Sharks. Thank You!” Danny.

“Second time with you guys and certainly not the last! Great job and thank you for looking after our Beauts!” Carla.

“Wonderful experience. Crew, you are excellent at what you do. See you next year!” Lana, Gabba and Franco.

05/09/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.8 'C
Depth: 7.5m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 6+6
Conditions: sunny with swell.

Not one But two, that’s the number of successful trips we had for today! The weather was tremendous with beautiful sunny and warm conditions; the sharks were also incredible once again! They did keep us waiting a bit on both trips but when they rocked up, it was in style! By air! Great jumps today and nice size sharks as well, around the 4.5 meter margin. We also had loads of whale action on both trips with both mother and calf Southern Right Whales being spotted. What a fun filled day...
 

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