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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 23 October 2012 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, October 24, 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: “Incredible experience, really appreciated the sustainability effort and partnerships!” Max.

“Plenty of time in the water, good soup and fantastic whales to end the trip!” Ben.

“Thanks for the great time! The little touches (soup, coffee and seal barking) were great icing on the cake!” Stephanie.

23/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.5 'C
Depth: 8.5m
Visibility: 2.5m
Number of Sharks: 9+10
Conditions: overcast and some wind later on.

A complete package today! We had such a diversity of wild life it ranged from sharks to whales to jellyfish to hagfish. That is the great thing of being in the Gansbaai area for a shark cage dive; you can come to see sharks, but you will end up seeing a lot more than you bargained for. A few very large female sharks gave us something to scream about and everyone enjoyed that :)! The visibility was a bit better than the previous day, but that’s something you never know until you’re out on the water. I hope it stays...

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