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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 13 March 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: Cage Diving, Gansbaai, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, shark cage diving, 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 comment: 
"Best experience in my 22 years" ~ Rachel

“Really changed the way I viewed sharks!” ~ Rabiya

“Absolutely fantastic!" ~ Vitor

13/03/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: 13.3°C + 

Depth: 9m + 

Visibility: 1m + 

Conditions: Sunny day on a flat sea.

It was a beautiful morning as we headed out to sea. We arrived at our dive-site, quickly put the cage in the water, and our divers climbed into their wetsuits. We waited a brief moment before relocating. Good thing we relocated, because as soon as we arrived at our new site, the white sharks started to arrive. It turned into an amazing trip as one shark after another showed up. We had several small sharks visit us, and well known ones such as White 'n Bite, Clubtail and Mini-Nemo. We were briefly visited by a few copper sharks, and a Cape fur seal, but they disappeared quickly amongst the fantastic shark activity. 

For our second trip, it was straight back to the shallows in search of sharks. And after around 15 minutes, we had our first shark. This 2.3m female, pale in colour with a dark patch on her left side gently cruised around the cage for a while giving our guests some spectacular views. Up next, we had a 2.5m female with dark scarring behind the dorsal on the left side, she was also pretty chiled this morning, cruising close to the cage and checking out our divers down there. Our third shark of the trip was a little larger and darker in colouration at 3m, this shark just had a couple of passes for us and also has a fish hook in the right side of the mouth. Our fourth shark was White and Bite the large >4m female, a little more active than our previous sharks with some stunning attempts on the decoy line. we had a quick pass by as 4m shark and then finally clubtail rocked up at the end to finish a stunning shark trip up!

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