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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 12 October 2017 | Cage Diving South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comment: “Wonderful experience, amazing to see the Copper sharks so close. Thank you to all the team for all you do for these incredible animals!” – Jonathan + Hannah

“A truly phenomenal experience! Amazing staff!” – Cindy + Johnny

“Great crew on board! All the people were very kind and attentive! Happy to come back to see the Great White one day!” – Dmitrey + Varnara

12/10/2017

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.1°C + 16.3°C + 16.3°C
Depth: 10.0m + 10.5m + 10.1m
Visibility: 0.5 – 1.0m
Number of Sharks: 0 + 0 + 0
Conditions: Patchy cloud coverage with an increasing wind and swell.

This morning was an early start for our guests and crew as we tried our best to get on the water before the wind and swell really picked up. We were first on anchor and settled down to see if a White shark would turn up for us today. The Copper sharks appeared quickly and stuck with us for most of the trip as well as the Short-tailed stingrays coming and going throughout. We also had a beautiful sighting of an adult Southern Right whale and a juvenile brindle Southern Right whale moving from the shallows out past the boat and into the deeper waters.

The second trip of the day launched and spotted some Southern Right whales as they made there way onto anchor in the Shallows. Once on anchor this trip had the Copper sharks appear and the Short-tailed stingray also join in on the fun. Unfortunately no White sharks were seen.

This afternoon the wind had picked up but our last group braved the chill and chop in the hopes that they might be the lucky ones to see the elusive White sharks. The Copper sharks and Short-tailed stingrays were around yet again but no White sharks for our third and final trip of the day.



If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage Diving in South Africa, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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