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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 13 August 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, August 13, 2017 |  0 Comment Tags: Cage Dive South Africa , Great White Shark, Marine Dynamics, White Shark, White shark cage diving,

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 comment: “It was fantastic! The crew were exceptionally nice, helpful and informative. I would definitely recommend”– Sarah

“The crew were amazing – Super helpful and friendly, very kind to those of us lacking sea legs! To see sharks up close is a wonder of nature and we are very lucky + appreciative to have experienced it!”– Keren & Paul

“Great staff and very organised. So glad we saw a Shark!!”– Alyssa

13/08/2017

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.9°C + 15.0°C + 15.1°C
Depth: 11.8m + 8.5m + 9m
Visibility: 1.0 + 1.0 + 1.0
Number of Sharks: 1 + 1 + 2
Conditions: A brisk and chilly morning that warmed through the day, with a slight wind and swell

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” Mini-Nemo, our iconic White Shark must’ve heard Dory’s wise words as he joined us on all three trips today! After being greeted with a spectacular sunrise on our first trip, we geared up and eagerly awaited our first shark around Slashfin. Although it took Mini-Nemo around an hour to join us this morning, we were not disappointed with his presence. He was graceful to begin with, almost basking in the morning sunshine behind the boat. But he soon became interested in our seal decoy, gently nudging with his snout. Our cage divers got some excellent sightings of him as he glided past the cage for them. He then proceeded to come and go as he pleased during the remainder of our trip, keeping us all on our toes!

On our second trip, it wasn’t long at all until Mini-Nemo joined us again, giving us some great passes even if he was a bit intermittent at times. But hey, he’s a shark and is allowed to do sharky things for a while before coming to say hi to us! In addition to Mini-Nemo on this trip we also had a Stingray join us too, which was a nice encounter!

Our third trip was an exclusive group of 6 guests from Italy. We chatted in detail about the sightings we’d been having over the last couple of days, and were eager to get down to the harbour and into the cage! We ended up seeing double on this trip as two sharks joined us! "Mini Nemo" was yet again the highlight as he cruised nice and close to the cage and even managed a few semi breaches and spy-hops! A smaller female, one we have seen over the week also made an appearance but only briefly.

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