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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 17 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Hagfish, 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: “Amazing! Worth every penny! I would love to do it again! Nicola was great!” Dani.

“Fantastic trip-a privilege to view an endangered species in their natural environment!” Clare and Andy.

“Remarkable experience! It cannot be duplicated! I will highly recommend it to all of my adventure seeking friends/family. I am happy to contribute what I can to help preserving this wonderful species!” Glenn.

17/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 13.3 'C
Depth: 8.0m
Visibility: 3m
Number of Sharks: 13+10
Conditions: overcast with wind.

Despite the fact that the water temperature had dropped by 3 degrees, there was still an amazing time to be had both in and out of the water. Both trips had a combination of large and even larger sharks today, which offered some tremendous heart stopping moments! The biggest shark of the day was around the 4.3 meter margin and the good visibility was very welcome. On our first trip we spotted some Southern Right Whales, but weren’t as lucky on the second. The sea was very calm and it was a pleasure being out, the great weather might not last for very long though! We will just have to wait and see...

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