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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 21 April 2019 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest Comments:

"We had a blast! Great crew and experience. So exciting to see the Copper sharks and Great White!" - Kristen + Matthew

"Very helpful crew on a well organised trip!" - Dan + Simon

21/04/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate


Conditions: Slight swells and wind with patches of rain

A sunrise start for the crew and guests of Marine Dynamics this morning as our first trip saw us leaving the harbour bright and early. We arrived into the Shallows and enjoyed much of the morning as the only boat in the area. The sharks arrived quickly with those golden Bronze Whalers making their presence known early on in the trip and continueing with superb activity for the entire trip, except for one moment towards the end of the trip when things got very quite, the Bronze Whalers disappearing, leaving us all scanning the water for what had happened. The cause of the Bronze Whalers leave became apparent when out of the deep hurtled a small but feisty White shark. This individual was the same male we have been seeing most days recently, and whilst he didn't stay long it was great to have him turn up before we headed back to land. A trip around Danger Point and into Gansbaai harbour saw the end of our morning.

The second trip of the day started with a Gansbaai launch, going once again around the Danger point, giving us the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Gansbaai coastline. Once we reached our dive location our guests quickly geared up and were ready for their shrak cage diving experience. Bronze whalers did not make us wait for too long and our guests jumped into the cage. We had some really nice shark activity throughout the trip with a male white shark appearing out of nowhere once again today. A short-tailed stingray surfaced a few times trying to get our baits. Having had an amazing trip we headed back to the Kleinbaai harbour. 

We headed back to our dive site in The Shallows for our third trip. Once we arrived our crew attached the cage to the side of the vessel, our guests climbed into their wetsuits. Not a moment later our first Copper sharks arrived. Our divers climbed into the cage and saw these beautiful sharks under water. As more and more Copper sharks arrived, they showed some amazing activity, and our guests had a fantastic time out at sea. Afterwards we headed back to shore where we finished off the trip with some delicious soup and bread.


If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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