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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 23 April 2019 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, south africa, White Shark,

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: “It was absolutely mind-blowing seeing only what I’ve seen on television within reaching distance. Amazing experience to have had. Thank you to the MD crew for hosting me and all onboard! ” – Ruth

“My great great grandchildren will be hearing about this day! All the staff were incredible” – Adrian

“Very exciting, it was amazing to see the sharks so close! Thanks a lot!” – Gregor

23/04/2019

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 12.9°C + 12.9°C

Depth: 9.5m + 8.1m 

Visibility: 2m + 2m

Conditions: Slightly breezy but calm seas and good visibility

An early start for Slashfin this morning as we headed to the Shallows! We arrived at our dive site and got our guests geared up into their wetsuits and didn’t have to wait long for our first shark. We had some nice activity from the copper sharks to start off with this morning, with them coming very close to the cage so our divers could get some nice shots of these awesome sharks. Our second group also enjoyed some super copper shark activity as well as a stingray and a seal! So we were triple S diving today! Our third group were the luckiest where the 2.5m male great white showed up for some very majestic passes by the cage. We finished out the trip with the copper sharks and then headed back into the harbour!

We started our second trip with lots of sunshine and a bit of wind coming from south east. Once we got to the dive site and started changing into the wetsuits a 2.5 m white shark appeared from the deep. Unfrotunately, he did not show up for the rest of the trip but we had some amazing copper shark activity throughout the whole trip with bronzies coming up really close to the cage letting our divers enjoy their beauty. We also were lucky enough to witness a stunning short-tailed stingray coming up to the surface. 


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