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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 09 June 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Awesome day! Thanks to the whole Marine Dynamics team!" - Rachel + Brendan

"Amazing Great White sighting today! Very knowledgeable and friendly crew!" - Adam, Sidney + Devun

"Spectacular! So much fun!" - Dillan + Steve

09/06/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whalers and Short-tail stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

The first day back on sea after a four day break due to some not so pleasant weather working through the area, the crew were keen, our guests were keen, and we hoped our sharks would be keen too. The morning started out beautifully with above water conditions great as the swell and wind stayed low and we enjoyed the nice weather and stunning sunrise on our way into the Shallows. Once anchored we had to practice much patience with a slow start as the Bronze whalers and Short-tail stingray appeared and disappeared not truely keeping us company continuously however we persisted and on our third anchor change for the morning we got lucky...very lucky! A small female White shark appeared from under the boat, if you blinked you would have missed her as she really kicked up things and kept coming. We were treated to some jaw-dropping passes and moves from this fast and furious female, with open mouth passes and above surface movements. This female was spotted for one day close to two weeks ago now and had been quite since, boy were we glad to see her still in the area.

The second trip of the day headed out onto some choppier conditions as the wind had started to pick up, but this did nothing to deter the crew and guests with the chance of seeing some more great shark activity stuck in their minds. Within moments of anchoring the presence of the little female was noted. This encounter was similar to earlier with just as much enthusiasm and energy seen from here for this trip, however she did go quite during this trip as the Bronze whalers made up for the times a Great White was not close. This afternoon also saw the re-appearance of Shaun the shark, a male approximately 3.3m in length and a consistant sighting over the last month in the area.

What a day to be back on the water after our short break!















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