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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 25 October 2012 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, October 25, 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: “Very very impressed-was my 1st time and enjoyed it, the crew was excellent and helpful. Glad I did it in my lifetime!” Ian.

“Excellent time aboard “SlashFin”! The crew were excellent! The diving was excellent-I was looked after exceedingly well!” Pat.

“Greatest show on Earth!” Shannon.

25/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.8 'C
Depth: 9.1m
Visibility: 2.5m
Number of Sharks: 12
Conditions: Calm and sunny with winds picking up.

O my goodness, what a trip! We had an abundance of sharks with the smaller individuals arriving initially and then making way for the bigger girls. We had a massive 4.5 meter satellite tagged shark that just kept making phenomenal passes by the cage. It couldn’t get any closer without swimming inside of the cage. A trip to Dyer Island/Shark Alley was the perfect way to conclude today’s shark cage diving trip! Let’s see what tomorrow has in store for us...

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