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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 17 February 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Sunday, February 17, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, Dolphin , great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, Seal, 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: “Great trip, thanks to all the crew, especially for the bonus trip to the seals” – Megan & Matt

“Had a wonderful day, thanks to all the professional staff. Happy that I chose such a reputable company where conservation of various marine life is paramount” – Annabel & James

“Wonderful, you were all great, the experience of a lifetime can’t wait to go again!” – Kyrstyn & ben

17/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 13.2°C

Depth: 9.5m

Visibility: 2m

Conditions: Warm and calm on the sea with some changing winds

With only one trip today, we had lots of time on our hands to search for sharks today. As we approached the shallows we got our anchor down and attached the cage to the side of the boat. With our guests busy gearing up into their suits, we didn’t have to wait long for our first copper shark! And in our first cage jumped, with some stunning close passes by the cage our first group got some magnificent sightings of these sharks. For our second cage activity started out good, but the wind direction changed altering the slick, so we changed our anchor site and got our divers back in where the sharks revisited us in some deeper water. For our final group activity came and went, but we did get some excellent passes out of one shark in particular. As a special bonus we headed over to the island today for a quick peek at what the seals were up to. We cruised through shark alley and then on the way back from the island we managed to spot a humpback dolphin just by Dyer Island. Another fantastic trip out to sea!

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