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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 12 April 2019 | Cage Diving 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: “Thank you for a amazing day, no great whites but lots of coppers. So an exciting day nonetheless! Great Crew!!” – Stacy

“Great experience thank you!” – Amy

“Crew was tops! Amazing experience! Keep it up #keepitblue” – Lorinda

12/04/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature:  Moderate (14°C - 17°C)

Visibility: Poor

Conditions: A bit grey and cold out there but calm sea conditions

Our first trip headed out this morning straight to the shallows! We arrived and got ourselves copper sharks and stingrays very quickly so our first group jumped in the cage and got face to face with these awesome animals! We had good activity for this first cage and then for the second group they got a great white. The 2.5m male with some white pigmentation on the flanks gave us quite a show this morning. And then Clubtail also cruised by the back of the boat for a quick deep pass. She returned later for one spectacular breach and then we finished up with copper sharks!

For our second trip it was back to the shallows where we got copper sharks straight away! Our divers geared up and then got straight into the cage. We had some awesome passes from these sharks, with some great face to face encounters! We got a short tailed stingray as well on this trip, which is always an elegant sight to see! We continued with the copper sharks for the rest of the trip with great activity and sightings both from the cage and from the boat. Unfortunately we didn't manage to get a great white on this trip, but it was a stunning trip nonetheless!

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