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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 29 January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 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: "Best birthday ever!  I love sharks." --Scarlett Bodner

29/01/2012
Location:Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 13.3
Depth: 13.6m
Visibility: Trip1: 6m Trip2: 3m
Number of Sharks: Trip1:4 Trip2:6
Conditions: Calm

Comment: We had two great trips in Joubertsdam today!  The first of which was an exclusive with an awesome film crew, which the conditions really played along for!  There was tons of sun, flat seas, and great visibility, which allowed the crew to get some top-notch footage.  The second trip was really nice as well, the visibility dropped slightly, but our clients were still able to get some really nice views in the cage.  Today was also Pieter's birthday, the sharks must have known this because they treated him really well!

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