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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 18 October 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, October 18, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Cape fur seal, Copper shark, Gansbaai, Marine Dynamics, Seal, Southern Right Whale, Whale,

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 Comments:
"Thank you so much for a beautiful day with the sharks." ~ Melissa Stoevee

"Loved all the infos about sharks, how they function and their behaviour. Thanks for everything" ~ Lucien Schwab

"Great Experience. Thanks to all!!" ~ Dave Jennings

Temperature: 15°C +  15.2°C + 15.2°C

Depth: 7.2m + 8.4m + 7.6m

Visibility: 1m + 0.5m + 2m 

Conditions: Sunny and flat in the morning, with the wind picking up in the afternoon. 

As the sun rose over Gansbaai, we headed out on a flat, flat sea. Once we arrived at our dive site, and we put the cage in the water the copper sharks arrived. While they were interested in seeing our divers, they seemed a bit sluggish this morning. Our guests soon saw a southern right whale passing between us and Dyer Island, gently making it's way through our bay. A cape fur seal came around as well and hung around the boat for a while, saying hi to all of our divers. Our divers did have a great time on the boat, and after we got back to shore, left happily with great memories.

Trip 3 was a lovely affair. The sea was still perfect and we spotted 2 groups of Southern Right Whales on our way out to the dive site. In the one group, a playful calf breached and although a little further away, this was really a spectacular way to start the tour. We also had some whales come a little closer to our vessel and after having done our dive, ended the tour with the sight of a couple more Southern Right Whales in the distance who were slowly travelling along. During the dive itself, shark activity was hot and happening, with sharks around throughout our tour. We had some incredible sights as these curious creatures came up to investigate again and again.

The divers were also treated to some epic visibility, with some being able to see as far as 2m under the water. Shades of gold and bronze filled the water column and we were all left in awe of what we were seeing. The animals were all larger and mostly female and absolutely stunning to behold. During the tour, we also got to see 2 sharks who were victims of entanglement, one with fishing line over her dorsal, and the other with a hook and some line in her mouth. We hope to help these girls out soon, by trying to free them from the line. Once everyone had spent some time in the water checking out the sharks at eye level, we set our course back to the harbour.





 




 

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