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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 22 April 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

“Great experience, awesome even for children and families. one of the most remarkable things I've done in my life!" - Di Bona Family

"We had a great time - amazing to see sharks in the wild. Great crew too. Thanks for a unique morning!" -Sabrina + Anand

"Fantastic morning out on the ocean. Very well organised and informative!" - Alan + Sarah

22/04/2019

Location: 
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Depth: 8.1m + 9.0m  

Visibility: Moderate

Conditions: Small swells with an increasing easterly wind

This monday morning was an early one for those joining Marine Dynamics for a bit of shark cage diving. We launched from Kleinbaai harbour and as we anchored in the Shallows we were greeted to the sight of the sun breaking over the mountains and through the clouds casting a golden glow over the bay. It seemed only fitting that with such glorious sunshine that those sharks we refer to as the golden sharks were first to turn up as the Bronze whalers gracefully came cruising in. These sharks kept the sightings going for the entire trip with most of our time spent enjoying the view of them swimming past the boat and cage. The Short-tailed stingray joined the trip, as to not be left out, and could be seen gliding much of the time down deep, making a few trips to the surface.

For our second trip we headed out from Gansbaai and around Danger Point towards the shallows. As we arrived we got our divers geared up into their suits and ready for some sharks. We started with a few lovely copper sharks, and thenn we got ourself a white shark! The 2.5m male crusied around and gave us some nice sightings, soon to be replaced by the copper sharks again. Our divers managed to get some beautiful views of the sharks underwater, with a bonus of a stingray towards the end of the trip. All our guests enjoyed the sunshine and the sharks on this beautiful Easter Monday. 


 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Diving in South Africa, 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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