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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 trip 24 January 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: daily trip, shark cage diving,

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 Comment: "Fantastic day, loads of sharks, looked after by Matt who has clearly found love with the ocean creatures. He is a credit to the company." -- Alan Hough

24/01/2012

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 19.8'C
Depth: 9.3m
Visibility: 2-3m
Number of Sharks sighted: 9
Conditions: Calm

Comment: Today was the kind of day that is good for not only the clients, but the crew as well. With a small group of awesome clients, 9 beautiful white sharks, and beautiful conditions, we had such a fun trip today. The sharks were great, coming close to the cage and giving everyone great views.
We were also fortunate to come across a very unique learning experience. There was a dead young seal with some bite marks in it, and while it was sad to see a dead animal, it was good to be able to show clients, and volunteers what the wounds can look like. What a stunning day!!

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