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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 31 January 2012

Thursday, February 02, 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: "Unbelievable time!  Great sharks!" --Justin Davis

31/01/2012
Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.8'C
Depth: 9.5m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Calm

Comment: Water was a bit chilly again today in Joubertsdam.  That didn't stop our clients from getting in the cage for some "sharktastic" action!  We were able to see 7 different Great Whites on our trip today, with some of them coming less than a meter away from the cage!  Our clients probably could have counted the "ampullae of Lorenzini" on their snouts!

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