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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 15 March 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, March 15, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, 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: “Great staff, amazing snacks! Got to see 7 Sharks!!” – Tyler

“So glad we were lucky and saw so many sharks! Very cool experience!” – Vera

“7 Sharks! Great boat, very pro team, well done guys!!!” – Marouan

15/03/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 11.2°C + 11.4°C

Depth: 8.1m + 7.5m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Conditions: Slight breeze, but calm seas and patchy sun

For our first trip of the day we headed to the shallows for some sharks! We waited around 20 minutes for our first shark, but it was well worth the wait and well worth braving the cold. This first shark was a 4.5m female, that loves to cruise just below the surface, very graceful and very beautiful. Our next shark was the 3m female with the dark scar just at the base of the dorsal fin, she was a little more active this morning with some great passes by the cage. She was followed shortly by a small 2.5m shark and then clubtail! Clubtail was in a bit of a chill mood today with just a couple of passes and on she went. Next we had a 3.8m female that was acoustically tagged by our team yesterday, which is cool to see that she is hanging around! Mini nemo was next, with some stunning aerial displays, and his usual mischievous self! Our final shark of the trip was white and bite! She cruised by for our final cage, and we had ourselves and awesome shark trip!

After a short bumpy ride, we arrived back in The Shallows for our second trip. Luckily it wasn't long before the sharks were back again. The sharks were absolutely amazing, with some being incredibly curious to everything happening around the boat. In the end we had a total of four white sharks visit our boat, with a few coming around again and again. Even a daring Cape Fur Seal visited us, but not for long. In the end our guests had an amazing time both on the boat, and in the water, and soon we headed back to shore, where our guests went on their way for future adventures, keeping this one for the memory-bank. 

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