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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 15 October 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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: “Great way to spend your birthday!” Martin.

“Wonderful experience, never done this before. Visibility was poor but I loved it anyway! Would definitely recommend!” Giovanni Visser.

“It was so much fun, even with me getting seasick! Tour was the perfect amount of time!” Bryan and Vickie.

15/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.0 'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: windy with cloud cover!.

Even though it was a bit chilly out at sea today we had an amazing time with both the Whales and the Sharks. We spotted some Southern Right Whales on our way towards our dive site and some more while we were on anchor. It’s always a pleasure being able to show everyone Great White Sharks and much more! Our initial sharks were some of our regulars that are around the three meter marker, we also had two tagged sharks today, the one has been in the area for some time whereas the other is a new addition for me, not too sure what her name is yet! We had a nice big female today at about 4.3 meters in size! She left a lasting impression...

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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