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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 11 October 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, October 15, 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: “Thanks for the great time! It was an amazing experience.” Eugene and Jackie.

“Fantastic day, great team of people and great sharks!” Sarah and Matthew.

“Wonderful experience to see them life! We loved it!” Esther and Lukas.

11/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.3 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 8+8
Conditions: sunny with swell.

Good weather just keeps coming, not to be pessimistic, but that’s usually a sign of things to come. We are using the good weather in that we are running two trips with both having tremendous shark activity with both big and smaller sharks! We also tried out our new cage today which is bigger and better than the old one, this decreases the waiting time for people before they are able to dive with these great animals. The Southern Right Whales are seen nearly every day from our shark boat which is always an added bonus to any trip. A great day...
 

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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