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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 June 2018 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest Comments: “Friendly staff with great stories. Love your vision and mission. #seagullsafari, we will definitely be back again!” – Ainsley, Louisa + Amy

“Great time out on the water! The crew were too good to us! Phenomenal, you are all wonderful!” – Will + Dylan

“Great staff, company and customer service with plenty of refreshments just a shame we chose a quiet day for sharks!” – Zoe + Junior

"Just when we were about to leave the cage, a shark popped up out of nowhere. I got to see its teeth and I can tell you for a fact that it was awesome!" - Simon

13/06/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: 15.7°C + 15.8°C

Depth: 10.8m + 9.6m

Visibility: 3.0m + 2.5m

Number of White sharks: 0 + 1

Conditions: Flat seas with a slight breeze and clear skies.

Today was one of those days when everything seemed perfect, the conditions were amazing with some of the flattest seas we have seen in sometime and the above and below water temperature and visibility was stunning however one thing was missing and it happened to be the most important feature of the trip, the sharks! This also happens to be the hardest part of any of our work as dealing with wildlife is unpredictable which is also part of the beauty behind nature too. We enjoyed the mid-morning and afternoon out on sea unfortunately we did miss the sharks and extend our thanks to our great guests from today for their patience and understanding.

It was not until the last moments of the day as the sun was disappearing behind the mountains that our fishy friend appeared, a great relief for our team and guests. Some divers had climbed into the cage to take photos and after a while of seal sounds, splashing, and singing underwater, a white shark popped up! It was a juvenile white shark, approximately 2.5 meters long with a scar from a bite on its left gill slits. The exctiement grew and we hoped this shark would stick around, but unfortuantely it didn't, so we packed up our stuff, headed out to shark alley and had a look at our very stinky, but very cute, cape fur seals. With the sun dissapearing we headed back into the harbor and back up to the Great White House for some nice hot vegetable soup to warm up with. 

















If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark 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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