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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 09 Feb 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012 |  4 Comments Tags: 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 comments: “Despite the hangover and seasickness I still had an awesome time. Seeing the magnificent creatures up close is unforgettable.” - Darcie Bellanto

“Fantastic trip thank you so much for making it fun! Not scared of sharks anymore Woo Hoo!!” - Sally Wickens

09/02/2012

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.6'C
Depth: 8m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Overcast with no wind.

We had an amazing time today on the boat! There were several sharks having a field day with the bait and decoy lines, which we use to attract the sharks attentions and not to feed them. We did have a couple of quests who found themselves suffering from “motion distress”, but they were happy to take the water taxi back to land after their dive. Our sharks ranged in size from 2.5m to big 3.5m animals. It was truly a great day, many jaw dropping moments...

For more shark facts and shark updates, also "Like" our Marine Dynamics facebook fan page.  If you would like to review your trip online to help others choose the right cage diving company, please visit our TripAdvisor page and leave your feedback.

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