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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 27 October 2012 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Monday, October 29, 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: “Our family of 5 (including unborn baby) were taken care of so well! We are so grateful for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality + incredible friendliness + helpful staff! Without the help of the crew we would not have had the fantastic time that we all did!” Simon, Zoe, Josh and Theo.

“A bucket list experience for both of us. Amazing to see the great whites up close! An unforgettable experience!” Janine and Brett.

“Would do this every day!” Feras.

27/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature:
15.3 'C
Depth: 10.5m
Visibility: 1.5m
Number of Sharks: 12+7
Conditions: Wind and swell.

Shark cage diving is truly an experience for people of all ages and even for the entire family. The kids were having a blast on the boat in complete safety with both our crew and volunteers keeping an eye on them. This meant that both mom and dad were able to make a turn in the cage to enjoy their cage diving experience. The kids seemed to be more captivated by our selection of crisps on board then they were by the massive 4 meter sharks in the water :). We also had a Southern Right Whale sighting which is always an added bonus to any shark cage dive. Two very successful trips with amazing weather...

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