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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 18 October 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, October 18, 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 time! Really looked after us and good to know that our money goes towards shark conservation!” Laura and Mark.

“Wonderful adventure! Staff- excellent, exceeded my expectations. Thank you!” Anthony.

“Excellent! Staff very good! Very impressed by the sharks!” Derek.

18/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.0 'C
Depth: 10.4m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 13+10
Conditions: overcast and calm.

We had a tremendous day out at sea today with Marine Dynamics hosting two very successful trips! We had a bit of a wait this morning before the sharks decided to make an appearance, we all know that Mother Nature runs on her own time and not on ours. Our sharks did eventually show up in great size and numbers, the biggest shark today was about 4.5 meters in length. On our second trip we had the bonus of spotting some Southern Right Whales on our way out of the harbour, which is always a great treat. Visibility was very nice throughout the day and we were able to spot the sharks from quite a way off! Great people and great sharks...
 


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