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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 21 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, October 21, 2012 |  0 Comment

Author: Oliver Jewell (Marine Biologist)
Born in London, England, Oliver has been in South Africa for the past 4 years after earning a BSc (hons) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. His first experience with Great White Sharks was similar to many people's only experience - watching the film Jaws. Since that day, he has been dedicated to learning everything he could about sharks and ways of protecting them.

Guest comment: “Absolutly amazing, thanks so much!" Mutiar

"The crew was awesome" Kathrijn

"Awesome experience, crew fantastic! Jean & Belinda

"Awesome trip, I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much!!" Alexander

"Great people, great crew" Ben

20/10/2012
Location
: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.2 'C
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Windy and Rainy

A bit of a wet one today; windy, rainy and if you weren't spening the day with sharks - miserable. But luckily we were with the sharks and not just any sharks some of the most amazing on the planet. We were lucky enough to meet Sharkius Maximus this morning, also known as the best shark in the world and she certainly lived up to her billing. Breaching, nosing the cage, rubbing past it - she did it all!! We also saw several other large sharks and even two Southern Right Whales passing close to the boat, a great trip!



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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