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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 14 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Absolutely stunning. Great to see such beautiful creatures up close!" - Charlie

"Shaun the shark made our trip AMAZING!" - Ron + Jennifer

"Was amazing. Staff were friendly and helpful. Thank you!" - Victoria

14/07/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks and Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

A wild Sunday out on sea to end the week with three successful trips all seeing the Great White shark, a perfect way to celebrate shark awareness day The days conditions saw some up and down conditions as the winds blew through the area but our guests braved the Atlantic in the hopes of catching some glimpses of the magnificent creatures that are sharks. The first trip saw the sharks arrive as our guests were suiting up as the 3.3m male known to us as Shaun came cruising into view. This male is currently the longest standing shark in the area that we have been seeing, as of the start of June this male has been a frequent visitor to the boat trips and we are always happy to introduce him to our guests. We continued on with a brief encounter with a flighty and fast-paced female juvenile White shark, a larger female estimated at 3.8m and the last shark a whopping 4.5m female that we know as Clampy.

The second trip of the day experienced the same quick wait for the first sighting to be had as the juvenile from the previous trip and Shaun made their presence known from the get go. Things then went quite for a while, a perfect time for the Bronze whalers to take the chance to approach the surface and give us some beautiful views of this golden shark. Towards the end of the trip Shaun came back giving our guests in the water and those on board some spectacular views with close passes and surface breaks whilst a new individual for the day was documented, the female juvenile with a large bite scar to her head being seen briefly at the end of the trip.

Slashfin launched one last time, finishing off the day with a bang. The small female juvenile with a bite scar on her head was the first to arrive but unfortunately did not stick around for long. Shaun and Clampy reappeared for the afternoon to give our guests some fantastic view with some close passes by the cage and boat. The Bronze whalers also returned this afternoon, making for two different shark species to be encounter throughout the trip.














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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