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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 February 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

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 memorable experience. Top notch service and care” – Josee

“Attentive team, cold but comfortable experience and informative! Thanks guys!” – Janita

“Thank you for a great trip! We loved it! ” – Lauren

16/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 11.4°C + 12.3°C

Depth: 6.5m + 5.5m

Visibility: 2m + 2m

Conditions: Foggy with drizzly patches but calm sea conditions

We headed out into the mist this morning, and navigated ourselves to the shallows. We arrived and geared up our guests into their suits, and we had sharks quickly on this mornings trip. Our first group of divers jumped into the chilly Atlantic this morning, but braved the cold to get some stunning sightings of the copper sharks underwater. Activity was good from the several different sharks that we saw around Slashfin this morning, with everyone getting a good look at the sharks under and above the water. We also had two cheeky cape fur seals on this trip chasing the mullet, as well as a bonus of a few indo-pacific humpback dolphins in the shallow water. After we completed our dive we headed to the island to take a look at the seal colony, and cruise through shark alley. With a successful trip under our belts we headed back to the harbour to pick up our next trip!

Because of the potential rain hanging in the air, our guests geared up on shore. Afterwards we once again headed towards The Shallows. When we arrived a Cape fur seal was hanging around our cage, and soon when we had the cage attached to the side of Slashfin, it lazily swam around our vessel. It didn't take long for the first sharks to arrive and our divers eagerly climbed into the cage. Later our divers were surprised by the arrival of a Hagfish. This jawless, vertebrae-less creature has an amazing defence mechanisms where by it produces a thick gel-like substance when attacked, meant to clog the gills of any fish species unlucky enough to bite into one. Luckily it didn't do this when i swam into the cage and in between our divers. Soon the Hagfish disappeared and our guests returned to viewing the beautiful sharks and seals. Despite the overcast weather, a fantastic day out at sea. 

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