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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 06 Feb 2012

Tuesday, February 07, 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.

“Didn’t realize until today what a beautiful creature the great white is! Dunking in sushi is awesome!”

 
06/02/2012
Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.9'C
Depth: 9.0m
Visibility:2m
Number of Sharks: 7

Conditions: Very calm seas with little to no wind. Sunny as well.
The trip started off very slow and I did have my doubts at the start, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. We had a couple of competitive sharks who were loving the attention from the clients! Rosi made her scheduled appearance and played her part. We made a stop at dyer Island to view the penguins, as an extra treat, which was great. The weather was great and the group on board were full of questions. All and all it was a good day!

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