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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 12 October 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, October 15, 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: “This experience exceeded my expectations! Very impressed by this operation and the many educational and conservation facets! I will be recommending this operation for Blue Flag accreditation!” Morgan.

“Travelling 15 000 km through the world only for watching Th Great White! Amazing trip and experience!” Luisa and Frank.

“Incredible day, well organised, lovely team and the sharks were incredible! Awesome day... Mum and baby whale topped it off!! XX” Hannah and Ray.

12/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.6 'C
Depth: 8.6m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 7+11
Conditions: sunny with wind.

A combination of jumps, dives and even a partial spy hop or two made today’s trip exceptional! Southern Right Whales were spotted on both trips in numerous pairs all over. The sharks did keep us waiting a bit on the first trip, but what was to follow was well worth the wait! Sharks were coming very close to the cage and they also spent a large part of their time flying out of the water. A fast shutter speed was a vital part of the trip today if you wanted to capture one of “those” moments! Well done sharkies, well done...

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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