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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 10 October 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 |  1 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: “What a spectacular day! It’s a magical experience and Marine Dynamics team is fabulous-thanks for the seasickness help!” Kate and Pete.

“Great job! Made us feel very at ease and excited about seeing the sharks. Also very educational. Thank you!” Punita and Bhanik.

“This was an amazing experience. A very well run organisation who made sure we all had a good time. And the fact that efforts are being made towards the preservation of the great whites are what made me chose your  tour!” Rhoda and Bruce.

10/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.7 'C
Depth: 10.7m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny and calm.

Calm seas are always a pleasant sight! We had some beautiful weather conditions with very little wind and initial cloud cover which gave way to some sunny conditions! Two very big sharks were present, with the one being 4 meters- and the other 4.3 meters in length! We spotted four out of the five “Marine Big Five”, we only missed some dolphins. We had a nice close encounter with three Southern Right Whales on our way back to harbour. This was the perfect ending to a very special trip. Great stuff...
 

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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