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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 16 January 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, January 16, 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:
"Had an amazing experience! " ~ Lauren + Jesse

"Amazing experience! Thanks for the trip and the scientific info on sharks!" ~ Michael

"Fantastic experience, crew very friendly." ~ Shana & Brian

16/01/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Temperature: 19.5°C + 19.9°C

Depth: 9.5m + 9.5m

Visibility:  1m + 1m

Conditions: A windy overcast day. 

This morning a slow drizzle came out of the sky, and our guests decided it was better to suit up into their wetsuits on land. After everyone got changed, we headed onto the boat and went out to sea. It was a windy morning as we headed out to our dive site in The Shallows, but luckily we anchored under the cover of the nearby dunes, so we weren't swayed too much by the swell. Soon the Copper sharks arrived, and our divers jumped into the cage. Our divers were thrilled with the sharks swimming by. A Short-tailed Stingray came up from the deep and our divers were amazed by it's amazing size. Despite the wind and clouds in the sky, our divers had an amazing time on the boat.

This afternoon we had a small group of guests joining us on board Slashfin in search of some sharks! We headed straight back to our cage in the Shallows and had a couple of copper sharks pretty quickly! With only one group to dive these guys made the most of their cage dive experience getting up close to these awesome sharks! With some stunning activity throughout the trip coupled with three breaches from the bronzies, our divers were over the moon to have such great activity. As our divers began to clamber out and watch the sharks from the top deck, we cleaned up, pulled the anchor and headed for home!

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