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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 08 October 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, October 08, 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: “Such an amazing experience! Highlight of our holiday. Also very interesting and informative. Keep up the great work with the research and conservation. Thanks for a great day! :)” Sarah and Ben.

“Great outing! Incredible sightings and a great guide! Thank you!” David and friends.

“Great day and experience. Very well organised, friendly, entertaining staff and lots of sharks!” Carl and Sarah.

06/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.8 'C
Depth: 10.6 m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Wind and swell.

We did have some overcast and chilly conditions with the South Easter making its presence known. This however did not deter our shark activity, nor did it deter the whale action in the area! It was tremendous to see some of these beautiful animals flying around all over the place. We were also lucky enough to see four Southern Right Whales, three adults and one calf, on our way back into harbour. Some tail slapping could be seen in the distance from another group of whales. Can you imagine seeing such diversity anywhere else and its only 15 min from shore? Great stuff...

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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