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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 28 October 2012 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

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: “A great day, thank you!” Vicky and Laura.

“Better than my wildest dreams!” Neil.

28/10/2012
Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 14.2 'C
Depth: 10.5m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Strong winds and sunshine.

Some great sunny conditions today made for awesome shark cage diving. Some of our clients especially the group from the states were bubbling to get into the cage. After explaining to them that we do not allow petting of the Great White Shark :), they understood and had a great viewing experience. The visibility was limiting today with the strong winds churning up the water quite a bit! We had two big 4 meter sharks around the cage at one point with several smaller ones circling the boat. We were also lucky enough to spot a Southern Right Whale and its calf. In conclusion of our trip we spotted a massive shark as we were making our way back to shore, some of the quests thought it was a whale calf at first! Impressive...

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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