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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 7 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Cage Diving, Copper shark, Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, Slashfin, southern right, 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 for the great trip!" ~ Julia

"Amazing experience! Thank you!!" ~ Alexandra

"It was wonderful and smooth! Thank you!" ~ Natalie. 

Location: Joubertsdam

Temperature: 15.6°C +  15.5C + 15.9C

Depth: 8.5m + 7.5m + 7.9m

Visibility: 0.5m +  0.5m + 0.5m

Conditions: A sunny day with a little wind. 

After a few days of heavy winds, we were glad to be out at sea once more. We headed out early this morning and after a short trip over a flat sea, we arrived at our dive-site. Our guests got into their wetsuits, and it wasn't long before the first copper sharks arrived. Soon a Cape fur seal popped up briefly as well. One copper shark showed some incredible enthusiasm, trying to go for the bait several times. Towards the end of the trip, our guests saw a Southern right whale in the distance as well. Overall a beautiful trip.

The second trip launched as the swell continued to come down.  We reattached the cage and were soon greeted by our favorite copper sharks. The mischievous cape fur seal continued it's efforts to torment some of the smaller fish around the boat, popping up just when they weren't expecting it.  After everyone had a chance in the cage, we headed back to the harbour after a successful trip.

Our third trip of the day started a bit slower.  In fact, we ended up having to change our anchor location. Once we were settled at our new spot it made quite a difference. The seal from earlier continued to amuse our guests with its antics and quick movements around the boat.  It was also interesting to see that one of the copper sharks had a large wound.  Our sharks face a lot of challenges in the oceans, but it is incredible to see just how hardy they can be.  Thank you for your patience today as we tried to get everyone some nice views from the cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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