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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 05 December 2017 | Cage Diving South Africa

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: “Lovely experience thank you!”- Michael

“Thanks for an insightful trip! The biologist was super informative, thanks for answering my my questions”– Larissa

“Really good. Very happy with experience and the information provided” – Shelby

05/12/2017 

Location: Joubertsdam                                                                                                                                                         

Water Temperature: 14.4°C + 14.6°C

Depth: 10.0m + 11.0m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Number of Sharks: 0 + 2

Conditions: Sunny skies with a slight breeze picking up towards the afternoon

With the sun shining we were eager to go shark spotting this morning! With a slightly later launch this morning we were pumped and ready to go. Our ride out was nice and fun to the shallows and we anchored quickly to get the cage set up and into our suits. With a white shark silhouette in the distance we were on tenterhooks hoping that the shark would come closer and check us out. Unfortunately for us the shark swam off, and sometimes that’s nature. But soon after this exciting encounter we had our copper sharks back around the boat. With some nice activity our cage divers were kept on their toes as to where to look and check out these beautiful sharks.

For our second trip we launched a little later yet again because of a low tide, but nevertheless we set off eager to have that Great White encounter. We had the Copper sharks to keep us busy from the get go, and then around midway through we were rewarded with our first white shark up close and personal for the day. This was the large female that we encountered for the first time this season yesterday. She slowly cruised into view and made her way towards us yet stayed beneath the water before disappearing and the reason for her disappearance became apparent when another Great White showed up, as Mini Nemo came hurtling out of nowhere. One of Marine Dynamics and many of our guests favourite sharks, he made some great passes showing exactly why he is a favourite before moving away and the rest of the trip we watched the Copper sharks come and go.

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