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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 19 February 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: Cape fur seal, Dyer Island, Gansbaai, Geyser Rock, Kleinbaai, Seal, Slashfin,

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:
"Gained some interesting knowledge about the sharks + socialised with a playful seal, though didn't see any sharks. Unfortunate, but still a good trip out!" ~ Rachel + Phil

"Unfortunately no sharks but still a great trip! Thanks a lot to the amazingly helpful staff, we gained lots of information and enjoyed ourselves a lot." ~ Joanne, Monique, Jan and Kathi. 

19/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Temperature: 11.8°C + 

Depth: 6.4m + 

Visibility: 2m + 

Conditions: Sunny with a slight breeze. 

It was an early morning when we headed out to sea. We arrived at our dive-site and our guests got ready. As we waited for the sharks to arrive, the marine biologist and guide chatted with our guests about interesting facts about sharks and the conservation efforts of Marine Dynamics. A Cape Fur Seal visited our vessel and hung around the boat for a while. Unfortunately we didn't get any shark around our vessel, so towards the end of the trip we visited Geyser Rock to see where our earlier visitor comes from. Afterwards we headed around Danger Point and towards Gansbaai harbour, where several shuttles took our guests back to the Great White House.

 

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