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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 13 April 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, April 13, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Cage Diving, Copper shark, Gansbaai, Short-Tailed stingray, Stingray,

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 trip! Thanks for the amazing organization & staff." ~ Aneesh

"Nice trip. Friendly staff." ~ Martin

"Thanks about the great journey and a very nice trip" ~ Rogerio & Giulia

13/04/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: Moderate (14C-16C) 

Visibility: Poor

Conditions: Beautiful sunny day, with a little swell.

It was a cloudy morning as we headed out to sea. Once we arrived, our divers climbed into their wetsuits, and our crew attached the cage to the side of Slashfin. Soon the first Copper sharks arrived. Our divers climbed into the cage, and like gorillas in the mist, the Copper sharks appeared out of the dark water to show our divers a glimps of them, before returning to the deep. A short-tailed stingray visited our divers in the cage as well. At the end of the trip a bit of drizzle fell out of the sky, and we soon made our way back to shore. Once on shore our divers warmed up nicely with some nice warm soup and homemade bread.

Once our second group got on the boat we headed back to the Shallows. Because of the rain we had to gear up on land so that was out of our way once we got to our dive location and our guests were ready to enter the cage, once the crew attached it to the side of Slashfin. Starting with Copper sharks, we had a beautiful begenning of our trip. A stunning 2.5 m female white shark made a few attempts to get our bait leaving divers in absolute awe of its beauty and power. A short-tailed stingray joined the party mid trip coming up really close to the divers in the cage. Once everyone had their chance in the water we were ready to head back.  


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