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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 June 2018 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Sarah Munro-Kennedy (Guiding Biologist)

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12/06/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 15.2 ’C

Depth:  9.28 m

Visibility: 3.0 m

White Sharks Seen: 1

Conditions: Another gorgeous summer like day with hot sunshine, very little swell and very little wind.

A great day with great weather.. and a great white shark!! Today was another stunning day with the sun beaming down, warming up the bay as Slashfin launched from Kleinbaai harbour. After yesterday’s sightings, we were hopeful that today would be another fin-tastic day. While we had a bit of a wait, we were not disappointed! Our first visitor was a large short-tailed stingray, a close relative to sharks, with both having skeletons made of cartilage. It wasn’t long after this ray arrive that we had a shark spotted approaching the boat. It was the first shark from yesterday, a Clampy look alike, but this one was a male approximately 3 meters long. He approached from the back of the boat, and soon was making pass after pass in front of the cage. He seemed keen for the fish heads and not Sally the seal decoy, making several attempts at the bait line, ignoring Sally, and turning right back for the bait line. At around 3 meters long a white sharks diet shifts from primarily fish, small sharks, and rays to marine mammals like seals. This male, on the verge of becoming a mature adult, seemed as though he was having a craving for his favourite childhood treat. He disappeared for a while, and just as some divers were about to give up and get back on the boat, he returned to put on a final display, flaunting his speed and agility. What a great way to end a great day!

















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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