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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 25 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:
"Everything was perfect" ~ Marco

"So very organized and very easy to be a guest! Great once in a lifetime experience!" ~ Brandon + Katie

"Great experience! Thank you!" ~ Nick

25/03/2019

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 13.3°C + 13.9°C

Depth: 9.0m + 7m

Visibility: 0.5m + 0.5m

Conditions: Cloudy day with a slight swell.

There was a thick layer of clouds in the sky and there had been a slight drizzle as we headed out to sea. We soon arrived at our dive site, the cage went into the water, and our divers climbed into their wetsuits. It didn't take long for our first visitor to come around, a Copper shark briefly popped her head up. We were soon visited by a white shark, who came around for a quick pass. Afterwards the Copper sharks returned and entertained our divers and guests for the continuation of the trip. Despite the cloudyness, the sharks made for an amazing trip out at sea.

For our second trip of the day it was back to the shallows in search of some more white sharks! We started the trip with a brand new 3.8m male who showed us some stunning activity on this trip with some spectacular out of the water action! We had a couple of copper sharks on this trip as well and these were then followed by a 2.5m individual and then the 2m female with the pigmentation on her laft gill slits. We had excellent activity with every cage in the water today with some very happy divers indeed!

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