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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 11 February 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, February 11, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, south africa, 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 comments: “The guide was so great! He was very informative and kind during our session, we really appreciate all the team did to make our trip the best it could be” – Amanda

“All the crew were fantastic it was a perfect trip, thank you!” – Sophia

“Very professional and fantastic crew! Thanks so much!” – Ariana

11/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.5°C + 14.2°C

Depth: 8.4m + 9.0m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Conditions: Calm conditions if not a bit cloudy

Straight to the shallows this morning for our sharks! We approached this morning and got our cage ready while our guests suited up into their wetsuits. We got a shark quickly this morning, so we got our divers in the cage and our first group got some fantastic sightings on this run. Our second group spent a little while in the water with a lull in the shark activity, but fear not the return of the cage dive quiz! We quizzed our divers on their shark knowledge, while trying to attract some shark with some of our best seal impressions! Soon after this we had copper sharks around the cage and got some nice sightings. Our final cage also got a few up close sightings with these awesome sharks, and with a boat full of happy divers we headed back in for our second trip.

For our second trip we once again headed to our dive site in The Shallows. The crew attached the cage to the side of the vessel and placed the boat on anchor. We waited for a short while before we were visited by a Copper sharks. Our divers climbed into the cage and were excited by the sight of the shark as it moved in front of the cage. Because the shark came up a few times during the trip, we decided to treated our guests to a view of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, showing them the Cape Fur Seal colony, and getting a quick view of a lone African Penguin swimming around. Afterwards we headed back to shore, where our guests finished the trip with some nice soup and bread.

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