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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 15 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 comment: 
"Bloody amazing! Loved being in the cage! What an experience!!" ~ Amy & Andy

"Fantastic! Never done anything so good only!! And best experience! Loved it." ~ Meadow

"Excellent trip. All the crew were great!! As were the sharks and dolphin." ~ Neil, Nicky, Di and Jeff.

15/04/2019

Location: Joubertsdam 

Water Temperature: Moderate (14C-16C) 

Visibility: Decent

Conditions: Beautiful sunny day, with a little swell.

It was a beautiful morning as we headed out to sea. We had barely left the harbour when our attention was drawn to some activity happening in the water. We checked it out and it turned out to be a pod of Common dolphins feasting on a small baitball. After taking a few photos, we carried on and soon arrived at our dive site. The cage went into the water and our guests climbed into their wetsuits. Soon the first Copper sharks arrived and our divers climbed into the cage. Later a pod of Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins gave us a brief visit. A beautiful white shark topped the trip. On our way back we once again visited the bait ball that was still going on, before heading back to shore where our guests finished their trip with some fantastic soup and bread. 

We started our second trip in quite overcast conditions but with some nice and calm waters. As soon as we reached our dive site the first visitors, Copper sharks, started to arrive. We had some rerally nice shark activity throughout the trip with even a short-tailed stingray coming to visit us a couple of times. Once everyone were happy and had their chance in the water, we headed back to the harbour to pick up our third and last group.  


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