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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 11 April 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, south africa,

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 comments: “An amazing experience and a great adventure on our honeymoon, keep up the good work!” – Jess & Ollie

“Super well organised safe and fun!” – Nils

“Fun, well organised safe, great crew and informative” – Derrick

11/04/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.0°C + 14.2°C

Depth: 7.5m + 6.1m +

Visibility: 2m + 2m

Conditions: Overcast conditions to start with sunshine late afternoon and calm seas

We headed out bright and early for our first trip to the shallows this morning! And very quickly we had our first copper sharks, so our divers got into their wetsuits and swiftly into the cage. We got some stunning activity for this first cage, and our divers really enjoyed seeing the copper sharks up close. In went our second group and halfway through they got a white sharks, a 2.5m male. This guy was a little feisty this morning, trying to sneak up on the lines! We got some nice acrobatic activity out of this guy and then off he went. The copper sharks stuck around for the rest of the trip and then we headed back into the harbour.

We started our second trip with sun shinning bright and very calm sea. As we got to our dive site the crew picked up the cage and we were ready to go as the sharks already started to arrive. Before our guests had time to get into the cage a 2.5m white shark made its pass around the boat. Minutes later Bronze whalers came to check out our baits making some really nice passes close to the cage. Fortunately for everyone the white shark that made the appearance in the beginning came back multiple times giving all our divers the same experience. Short-tailed stingray also came up to the surface to say hi to our guests. Once we were done with an incredible trip full of shark action we headed back to the harbour.

We ended the day with a beautiful third trip. After a smooth, brief ride across the sea, we quickly arrived at our dive-site. As our divers climbed into their wetsuits, the first Copper sharks arrived. Our divers quickly went down into the cage and with some beautiful visibility in the water, all our guests had an amazing view of all the shark activity around the boat. Towards the end of our trip, not one, but two short-tailed stingrays came up to the boat as well. With some gorgeous weather and amazing activity, it turned into a fantastic finish of the day. 


 

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