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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 06 October 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Saturday, October 06, 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: “Just awesome! Such beautiful, graceful creatures. A privilege. Thank you!” J. Arthur.

“Fabulous crew! I felt very safe and was extremely educational. Thank You.” Rose.

“Awesome time! Great views of 9 sharks, dolphins, seals, penguins and whales! Wonderful staff and crew!” Carrie.

06/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.0 'C
Depth: 8.7 m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Wind and swell.

What a day! We were lucky enough to spot the “Marine Big Five” today and not just a glimpse either! We had an abundance of sharks, whales, seals, dolphins and penguins at sea today which made this a very special shark cage diving experience for all on board! We were so lucky to have both a Southern Right Whale and a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside each other and this was at the start of our trip! Thereafter some tremendous shark activity followed with some very close passes. The biggest shark was over the 4 meter margin and the guests deemed it fit to name this large female shark “Lizzy”. Sorry to all the Lizzy’s out there in the world :)! What amazing diversity we have in our seas....
 

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