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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 20 February 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, February 21, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Cape fur seal, Copper shark, Dyer Island, Geyser Rock, Humpback Dolphins, Humpbacks,

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 comment:
“Great experience & staff. Helpful & informative.” – Holly

“Really impressive to see the sharks up close. Thanks to the biologist we learned a lot. Second time for me, maybe make it three!” – Minse and Eline

“We had an amazing time today spotting the sharks. Thank you for the good time we will be sure to come back.” – Charmaine and Rory

20/02/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 12.5°C

Depth: 8.2m

Visibility: 2m

Conditions: Beautiful sunny day on a flat sea with no wind. 

It was a beautiful day as we headed out to our dive site. We arrived and soon had the cage in the water and next to our vessel. Barely did our divers get their wetsuits on, when the first Copper sharks arrived. Eagerly our divers climbed into the cage and viewed these beautiful sharks in their natural habitat. Soon one of our local Cape Fur Seals came around as well. Later in the trip our we saw a couple of Humpback dolphins pass between us and the shore. To finish off our fantastic day on the water, we decided to pass Dyer Island and show our guests the seals on Geyser Rock. As our guests took some photos of these animals sunbathing, we spotted one of our endangered African Penguins amongst the seal... looking horribly lost. Our last sight of the little animals was as it jumped into the water, and we hope it made it's way back to its family on Dyer Island. 

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