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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 15 January 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, south africa, Stingray, White Shark,

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 comment: “Awesome crew, very knowledgeable and the camera guy was hilarious!” – Andrew

“So Fun thank you!!!” – Sam & Rich

“Thank you for the experience and looking after us!!” – Eric

15/01/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 19.9°C + 20.1°C + 20.5°C

Depth: 8m + 9.1m + 7.7m

Visibility: 1m + 1m + 1m

Conditions: Slight rolling swell but warm and sunny day

After a few days off the water due to bad weather Slashfin and her crew were ready to get right back at it today! We headed to the shallows bright and early this morning, and as we dropped the cage in the water we were treated to a magnificent sight of a copper shark breaching out of the water! A fantastic start to the trip and not 10 minutes later another copper shark flew out of the water just to the left of our cage! For this species its not a hunting strategy so we’re not overly sure why these sharks breach! Either way a great show for our guests on board. The copper sharks seemed to be enjoying the warm water this morning, with some excellent activity around the cage. Our divers got some great up close sightings and were treated to some super shark action. On top of this we had some excellent short tailed stingray activity as well, they seemed very inquisitive towards the cage, giving our divers a nice little bonus for the trip! With a group of happy divers we headed back to the harbour and greeted our next group of divers.

Straight back to the shallows for Slashfin, and we had sharks surrounding us pretty quickly, so our first group of divers headed into the seemingly tropical waters we are experiencing at the moment, and they got face to face with these stunning sharks. These guys come so close sometimes, that you can see their stunning eye colour, as they watch what is going on in the cage! All our divers got to witness some excellent shark viewing both from the deck of Slashfin and our purpose built shark cage! With that we headed in for our final trip of the day.

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