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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 24 October 2012 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Nicola Stelluto, 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: “A lifelong dream come true today! Thank you for this great experience. Your sustainability effort is very appreciated.” Ellen, Filip and Rof.

“Nice project, we will recommend to visit so nice place and the company to all our friends!” Malyshera.

“Great staff, lovely day out! Good fun boat! Thanks guys. And alive! Not eaten by shark:)!” Reejina.

24/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.0 'C
Depth: 8.5m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 11+10
Conditions: Strong winds and sunshine.

Despite the strong winds blowing everyone’s hair all over the place, it was well worth it! We had some tremendous shark activity and great whale watching as an extra bonus. We had several Southern Right Whales around the boat today and we even spotted a mother with her brindle calf. This was a very unique sighting for all the crew and clients on board. We had some great aerial acrobatics from the sharks today and even spotted 4 sharks around the cage at one time on the second trip. What a great time at sea...

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