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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 24 April 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, shark, shark cage diving, Short-Tailed 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: “A fantastic trip. Great service. Excellent staff! Thank you!”– Sinead & John

“Amazing! Fell super well taken of, every one you were so friendly & helpful, and thanks to you guys, we’ve had one of the best experiences so far in Cape Town. Thank you & we’ll def return again! <3 – Amanda & Jayken

“Amazing, great day. Will be back to see a Great White” – Roman

24/04/2019

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Cold

Visibility: Good

Conditions: Calm seas and nice visibility today

We started our trip nice and early with a little bit of mist. We had to put our wetsuits on land to keep our guests nice and dry on the way to the dive location. Once we reached to the dive site we had to hang around a little bit for the first sharks to come but it was well worth it. Bronze Whalers started coming to our boat giving a great show for our guests. The bronzie activity improved as the day progressed. We were also lucky to see a short-tailed stingray coming for our baits a few times. Once everyone got their chance in the cage we headed back to the harbour to pick up our next group. 

The second trip of the day headed out into the misty bay. Whilst this mist coated the area, making everything somewhat damp it also added to the sharky feeling for the day, yet it wasn't long before the sun had burnt through the fog and the bay was clear. The sharks were a little slow to begin with, as the Bronze Whaler was the first sighted before a Cape Fur seal came by as to not miss out on the fun. Soon however the shark activity really heated up with many great approaches by the Bronze Whalers and not one but two different Great Whites, a new, large male to the bay, approximately 4.0m in length and looking very clean with little to no markings and a juvenile shark, approximately 2.5m in length, which we believe to be female and one we have seen previously over the last few weeks. A lovely trip to finish of the day.


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