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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 10 May 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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 amazing. Despite no white sharks the trip was very entertaining, and the crew is very professional. Thank you!" – Jose & Kucera

10/05/2019

Sightings: Bronze whalers, Cape fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

We launched this morning in beautiful conditions with sun shining bright and sea being calm. We got to our anchor spot and started chumming while our guests changed into their wetsuits. We had to wait for quite a bit and eventually made a decision to change our dive location. Once we moved, we were rewarded with some nice Bronze whalers activity and a cape fur seal chasing fish around the cage. On the way back to the harbour we were lucky enough to witness hundreds of cape cormorants sitting on the water – stunning view.  

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