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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 18 February 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Monday, February 18, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, Shark Alley, 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 - “No Sharks, but the team was great. Loved the visit to see the seals” – Tate

“Even though we saw no sharks it was a lot of fun, great people, amazing crew and all round amazing 😊 thanks!” – Hannah

“The staff and the volunteers were great even though the sharks weren’t cooperative” – Kyrstyn & ben

18/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 11.3°C + 12.0°C

Depth: 8m + 7.5m

Visibility: 1.5m + 1m

Conditions: Warm morning with changing cooler wind in the afternoon

We launched a little later this morning to the shallows. As we anchored up the guys got the cage in the water and started prepping to get the sharks around, while they were busy we got our guests into their suits and started to get a feel for the area. We chatted a lot of shark facts this morning as we waited, and after a while we tried a new spot in the shallows but to no avail unfortunately. Even so we got our guests into the cage, and even played a spot of cage dive quiz with our sharky divers. Unfortunately no sharks on this trip, so we headed to the island to go spy on what the seals were up to. They seemed to be enjoying the afternoon sun lazily swimming around the alley and catching some sunshine on the rocks! We then headed back round the islands and into the harbour.

While we followed up a little late, it was back to The Shallows for our second trip, where we once again attached the cage to Slashfin and we waited. While we did wait for a short bit, a Copper shark soon arrived. Our divers excitedly climbed into the cage and saw the shark pass by multiple times. Another shark came around a bit later as well. With some beautiful weather it made for a delightful trip. Once we had packed up and headed back to the harbour, a Cape Fur Seal briefly popped up to wave goodbye. 

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