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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 22 October 2012 | Shark Diving South Africa

Monday, October 22, 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: “Tour guide and program were very informative and well organised!” Jen.

“Super family activity and a great way to discover these beautiful creatures. Well done guys and keep up the great work...” Nagsri.

“Completely exhilarating experience. Very professional and caring staff-well informed and made the entire experience very memorable.” Mehernosh.

22/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.7 'C
Depth: 11.4m
Visibility: 1.5m
Number of Sharks: 10+8
Conditions: overcast giving way to sunshine.

What a day! We had awesome shark activity on both trips with several jaw dropping moments. The visibility in the water was a bit of a limiting factor today, it seems we are experiencing a bit of a phytoplankton bloom. This is brilliant for the environment, but a little tuff for shark viewing. I can however guarantee that everyone saw several Great Whites, very close at times :). “Evil Fin” made an appearance today and stayed with the boat throughout the first trip, this 4.3 meter female is a pleasure to have around. All and all it was a great day...
 

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