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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 07 October 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, October 08, 2012 |  0 Comment

Author: Oliver Jewell (Marine Biologist)
Born in London, England, Oliver has been in South Africa for the past 4 years after earning a BSc (hons) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. His first experience with Great White Sharks was similar to many people's only experience - watching the film Jaws. Since that day, he has been dedicated to learning everything he could about sharks and ways of protecting them.

Guest comment: “At least 6-8 good BIG sharks. Fantastic in water, excellent from top of boat. Super trip. Thanks.” Andy & Mandy, from the UK 

“Great trip. you all did a wonderful job in the choppy conditions. Huge sharks!!” Janet Pelliccotti 

07/10/2012
Location: Joubertsdam
Surface Temperature: 15.7'C
Visibility: 2m
Number of sharks: 10
Conditions: Wind and Swell

Today was a bit of a challenge, with a northwest wind and a moderate southwest swell, conditions were not the best they can be for the sharks in the shallows. However we were lucky to sight 10 great whites ranging in size from a couple of tiny ones around 2 meters in length to some real giants around the 4.5m mark. Sharks were in a feisty mood, often the first you saw of them were breaches at the bait which made for some excellent photo opportunities for those on the top deck!



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