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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 08 January 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Cage Diving, Copper Sharks, Gansbaai, Kleinbaai,

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:
"Nice experience, thank you!" ~ Marta and Guglielmo 

"Great experience. We like a lot :)" ~ Carolina & Fernanda

08/01/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Temperature: 15.9°C + 17.4°C

Depth: 9.3m + 9.4m

Visibility:  0.5m + 0.5m 

Conditions: Beautiful sunny day on a flat sea. 

It was a beautiful morning as we headed out to sea. The sun was hot in the sky, and the sea incredibly flat after yesterday's storm. It took quite a while for the copper sharks to arrive. While we waited a Cape fur seal came around briefly and entertained our guests. After a while the Copper sharks finally arrived and all our divers got to see them underwater. 

For our second trip, we didn't have to wait as long to get sharky as the copper sharks joined us pretty quickly! We only had a small group on this trip so everyone made the most of their time in the cage with a few eager divers getting back in the cage! The copper shark activity was a little slow to begin with but soon picked up and we had a lot of very close passes by the cage, with our infamous visibility that allowed our guests to get some supreme sightings of these sharks. As our divers climbed out of the cage we slowly began to clean up and get the cage onto the back of Slashfin! As we left our anchor site, what appeared to be a purple compass jellyfish was basking in the afternoon sunshine. After checking this guy out we bagan a nice cruise through the Shallows back to the harbour!

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