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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 09 March 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, March 09, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Copper shark, Great White Shark, shark cage diving, Shark diving, 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 comment: 
"Great tour and helpful staff! Love the shark/marine info and obviously seeing a white!” ~ Aaron & Becca

“Really good! Close up to sharks and keeping the environment in mind!” ~ Ian + Will

“Very cool experience. Would love to try it again." ~ Curtis and Sarah

09/03/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: 14.2°C + 

Depth: 8.2m +

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Conditions: Sunny day with a few clouds in the sky, and little wind.

It was a beautiful morning as we headed out to sea. We raced across the flat sea and soon arrived at our dive site. Once our guests were ready, the wait started for the sharks to arrive. Soon our first shark arrived, and our divers quickly climbed into the cage. We were briefly visited by a few Copper sharks as well. Later in the trip another White shark appeared, this one smaller than the other. The sharks were very fickle today, but beautiful weather and a few sightings today, and our guests were very pleased by what they saw today. 

After 10 minutes of settling back on anchor we looked towards the stern of the boat to see Mini-Nemo heading our way with a small pod of bottlenose dolphins! The dolphins were moving fast in a westerly direction and did not stay at the boat. Three more great whites joined us on this trip, and five Bronzies. Despite poor visibility everyone had good shark sightings. Encouraging to see a nice range in our white sharks from 2m to 4.5m, both males and females. 

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