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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 26 January 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012 |  1 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:"Excellent experience with great sitings.  Helpful staff, professional, great food.  Can't wait to come back." -- Melinda Parshall and Brendan Rauw

26/01/2012

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature:17.9'C
Depth:11.5m
Visibility:4m
Number of sharks sighted: 8
Conditions: Calm, choppy towards the end

Comment: The visibility today was the best it has been in weeks!  That made it easy for our clients to see the sharks very clearly underwater!  The fact that the sharks gave some really close passes helped too!  We had lots of small, fast, and energetic sharks, including one that breached out of the water, on nothing!  The bait or decoy was not near the shark, but it breached anyway, possibly on a shadow or something that it thought was food!

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