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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 05 July 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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"What a great experience. Very knowledgable crew, always willing to help and that I appreciated - super professional!"-  Theresa

"The trip was amazing, we saw 7 different Great Whites! The staff made it even better!" - Kaela-Mae

"A great experience with a very professional team, thank you!" - Emma + James

05/07/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks and Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

The conditions continue to get better as the week progresses with only a slight wind seen moving through the bay and a lessening swell as the day went on. We launched this morning with our first group and headed on to anchor in the Shallows to be met with the sighting of a Bronze whaler only moments into our tour. This was a large male and he had brought a friend as two of these sharks came to the surface before disappearing quickly, perhaps due to the Great White shark claiming the area around the boat. This was one of our small, juvenile sharks that may lack in the size area but makes up for it in activity as she darts around the boat. Close behind her was the large female Clampy, estimated at 4.5m in length, she has been a constant observation around the boats for the last 4-6 weeks. Three more juveniles joined us throughout the trip as did the male White shark we know as Shaun and a new female approximately 3.8m in length that we only started encountering a few days ago. There were also some nice bird sightings this morning, a highlight being a Shy Albatross that glided past us on anchor. To finish of the trip we took a slow cruise along the coast where we briefly saw a Humback dolphin.

The afternoon trip launched with high hopes that we could continue on from the success of first trip and end this Friday on a high note! The activity was slow in the beginning with a Bronze whaler appearing for a few passes before heading off elsewhere and one of the juvenile Great Whites showing up but not showing much interest in sticking around. An anchor move saw another White shark logged for the afternoon, another one of the juveniles from first trip, however she too did not seem to be in any mood to stay. With a change in wind we saw a 180° swing of the boat and with this we had our third and final sighting of the afternoon and boy was it something. The estimated 3.8m female seen on the first trip came back for a visit with some spectacular behaviour seen around the boat and cage. She stayed with us for the remainder of the trip, making stunning approaches to the boat and often breaking the waters' surface allowing us all a good look at this magnificent creature.














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