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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 November 2017 | 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 comment: “Awesome experience being able to take part in the cage dive. Staff all so helpgul thank you so much!” – Jane & Wade

“Amazing day! Staff so cheerful & helpful very much an eye opener! Loved it all”– Dale

“Very friendly staff who clearly love what they’re doing. Amazing seeing the sharks from a different point of view. Thanks! ” – Steph

13/11/2017

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 13.1°C + 13.5°C + 13.3°C
Depth: 9.0m + 10.4m + 9.4m
Visibility: 2m + 2m + 2m
Number of Sharks: 0 + 0 + 0
Conditions: Water like a mirror today, turning a bit chilly this afternoon

The glossy water was a dream to ride out on to the shallows this morning. With good visibility and calm seas all we needed was the sun to shine. The threat of rain loomed for most of the day with dark clouds above, but held out for us thankfully. We were out early this morning in hope that our white sharks were back and eager to keep a keen eye out for them. We were treated massively on this first trip with a mother calf pair of southern right whales gliding about 200m away. As they headed away we thought that was it for the whale sightings, but out of nowhere we had a breaching calf towards the shoreline, a truly epic sight to see. Exemplifying that no shark cage diving experience is the same. It took a while for the copper sharks to show up this morning, and after moving anchor we started to have better success. With some very close passes the cage divers got some great up close action with these awesome sharks. With six individuals spotted on this trip we were lucky to have them strutting their stuff.

For the second trip today, the temperature started to dip a bit but this didn’t dampen our spirits. Instead we cracked on and submerged ourselves in the fresh Atlantic to spot some more awesome copper sharks. And we were not disappointed! We even had a cheeky cape fur seal around the boat towards the end of this trip attempting to give the copper sharks a bit of a chase!

The third and final trip of the day was colder still, but with coppers still hanging around the cage we hadn’t a care in the world. We had some more excellent activity this afternoon, with some very happy cage divers.

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 and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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