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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 08 Feb 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Big teeth and awesome screems!, 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.

“Awesome day. A really great experience. Can’t wait to do it again!” Joshua Wolmaraus.


 
08/02/2012
Location
: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 17.0'C
Depth: 12.5m
Visibility: 4m
Number of Sharks: 7
Conditions: Sunny with almost no wind.

 
Today had the possibility for disappointment because the sharks decided to keep as waiting longer than usual. However, we had a massive 4m male arrive to break the silence! Thereafter a frenzy of sharks arrived to keep us entertained, up to four at a time. We were fortunate to have some bottlenose dolphins arrive on the scene as an extra bonus. All and all the trip ended on a high note and I’m sure that’s the impression that will stay with the quests. Fantastic weather today!

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