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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 10 April 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronzie, Cage Diving, Copper shark, Gansbaai, great white, shark cage diving, Short-Tailed stingray, 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: 
"An amazing time with beautiful creatures. Great whites up close + personal! Fantastic!!!" ~ Jonathan + Sarah

"The crew was really friendly, we saw a lot of sharks! Great experience!" ~ Svenja & Dana

"Fun & Friendly! We saw more than expected! Sting ray was awesome! Thank-you from Canada (l)" ~ Kelly & Jake

10/04/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: 13.5°C + 13.0°C 

Depth: 11.0m + 8.3m

Visibility: 0.5m + 1m

Conditions: Beautiful sunny day, with a little swell.

The sun just peaked over the horizon as we headed out to sea. After a brief bounce over the waves exiting the harbour, it was smooth sailing towards our dive-site. Once we arrived the cage went into the water, and our guests climbed into their wetsuits. Soon our first Copper sharks arrived and our divers went into the cage. The shark behaved fantastically as they came around again and again. We briefly had a visit of a white shark who really made a splash in front of our divers. Towards the end of the trip we also had a brief visit of a short-tailed stingray. 

We started our second trip of the day with a lot of sunshine and a bit of a swell that made it quite a fun ride to the Shallows. As soon as we reached our dive site our guests geared up very quickly and were ready to enter the cage as the first Copper sharks already started to appear. And just as we were enjoying our beautiful Bronzies, big female white shark (Clubtail) made her first appearence, impressing everyone on the bout with its size. She came arround multiple times giving quite a show for our guests. At the end of the trip we also got to enjoy another white shark that was smaller than Clubtail but still made quite an impression on the audience. Once the cage was empty we were ready to head back to the harbour.  



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