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  • Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa with Marine Dynamics. Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! 

  • The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m. In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m.

  • 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 May 2019 | Shark Diving South Africa

Author: Alison Towner (Marine Biologist)
Alison has always been fascinated by the Great White Shark - to such an extent that it is believed that she might have been one in a previous life! This qualified PADI instructor and SAMSA skipper who also boasts a BSc(hons) degree in Marine Biology, and an MSc in Zoology. She is happiest at sea where she can study and observe these apex predators in their natural environment and help find solutions to protect them through education and international policies.

Guest comments: 

"Amazing experience! Loads of sharks, a big great white, massive ray and even a seal. Great day out with knowledgeable and amazing staff! Perfect day!!!" – Alex

"Amazing trip! Great staff and team, so friendly and helpful you guys are awesome! This made our trip!" - Mark

"Awesome trip! Dream came true, great staff!" –Zac

24/05/2019

Sightings:
Great white shark, Bronze whaler sharks, Short-tailed Stingrays, Cape Fur Seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 
Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

We headed out to the shallows with a sharky feeling this morning! We got to our anchor site this morning and had copper sharks nice a quick to start off the trip. Our divers got into the cage and up close with the sharks! They got some stunning encounters with copper sharks, but then we heard rumours of a white shark in the bay. So we quickly changed our anchor and prepped our second group of divers. And low and behold Shaun the shark form last week popped up to join us. This 3.3m male was a joy to have around this morning, he stayed with us for a good chunk of time so that our divers got to go around again in the cage. We got a stingray mid-way through the trip as well as a cape fur seal towards the end. With a successful shark trip, we headed back to the harbour.

 

 

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