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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 14 March 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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: 
"Very good organisation, very pleasant staff and of course an unforgetable experience. Thank you." ~ Stephane

“Amazing experience, would definitely recommend to anyone!” ~ Kyle

“A spectacular experience. Very professional & helpful crew." ~ Erin

14/03/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: 14.5°C + 14.6°C + 14.6°C

Depth: 9.2m + 9.8m + 7.6m

Visibility: 1.5m + 2m + 1m

Conditions: A few clouds in the morning, with the sun breaking through and the wind picking up in the afternoon.

The sea was beautifully flat this early morning, as we headed out to our dive site. Some lowlying clouds hung in the air, but they quickly dissipated as the day progressed. We arrived in The Shallows, the cage was attached to the side of our vessel, and our divers climbed into their wetsuits. Our initial visitors were a few beautiful Copper sharks, but after a quick relocation, several gorgeous white sharks came up to the boat. We were visited by some familiar faces such as Mini-Nemo and Clubtail, plus a few newer visitors to our area. It was a fantastic day out at sea, as the white sharks came back again and again. Afterwards we headed back to shore where our guests finished their trip with some homemade bread and lovely vegetable soup. 

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