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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 Blog 14 July 2017 (Trip 1) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)
Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.

Guest comments: “Fabulous trip, all family had a great experience. It was amazing” – Field Family

“Crew super helpful and upbeat, thanks for a great day!” - Rebecca

“SHARK!!! Thanks for the adventure. Best staff ever, super helpful with the Kids” – The Craigs

14/07/2017

Location: Geldsteen                                                                                                                                                              

Water Temperature: 15.1°C

Depth: 9.5m

Visibility: 4.0m

Number of Sharks: 1

Conditions: Beautiful sunny morning, gentle swell and slight breeze.

“Guess who’s back, back again, the White Sharks are back, tell a Friend!!”

So they’re back! A beautiful 3 meter male white shark joined us this morning. With some graceful passes in the deep and some excellent jaw gaping at the surface, we were truly spoiled today. The superb water visibility today gave our cage divers some of the best conditions to view this beauty underwater, as well as a fantastic opportunity to capture some great photos and video.

All 31 of our guests ventured into the cage today, which was a “Jawsome” (sorry…) sight to see after a couple weeks of inactivity in the bay. Even our youngest guest of just 5 years was eager to spot this shark from the water!

It seemed like the stars had aligned for us today, having briefed our guests about Shark Awareness day today, it was the icing on the cake that this gentleman of a shark showed up today. To follow some of the interesting goings on in the shark world, feel free to check out the hashtag on twitter and Instagram #sharkawarenessday

In addition to our shark friend joining us today, we also had some fascinating bird life surround Slashfin. Notably, the White Morph Petrel a rare sight in itself, and a young Cape Gannet were spotted bobbing in the water

Our new cage finally got to see a shark today, and survived! And we were able to take a great trip photo of our happy guests as we returned to the harbour!

It seemed more than appropriate to celebrate this occasion so the champagne was on ice to toast the sharks upon our return to the Great White House.

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