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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 26 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Friday, October 26, 2012 |  1 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: “Thank you for an amazing experience and to all the staff who looked after everyone. Brilliant!” Beth.

“Completely amazing experience! Changed my opinion on sharks 100%!” Kate.

“Crew was fabulous and sharks incredible! Thanks for organising a big one. Food super too!” Chenine and Anton.

26/10/2012
Location
: Dam
Water Temperature: 15.4 'C
Depth: 9.8m
Visibility: 0.5m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: Cloudy with light drizzle.

It was a complete change of weather from yesterday to today! Although the sharks were equally as spectacular, the weather was a bit cooler and wetter. We are experiencing a plankton bloom in the area which is causing limited visibility in the water. The great thing was the fact that three of the sharks were over the 4 meter margin and very easy to spot. The one shark was beyond massive, around 4.5 meters in length with huge bulk to it. This shark was almost black in colour and made several close passes by the cage. We concluded a great shark trip with a trip out towards Shark Alley and it was on route where we spotted about 6 different Southern Right Whales. This is how we do it...

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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