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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 12 Feb 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012 |  0 Comment 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.

Quest comment: “Despite the sea sickness it was awesome!” - Daniela Wallin

12/02/2012

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.4'C
Depth: 11.2m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Sunny with big swells.

Today we had double the fun, the boat ride was super exciting due to the swells and there was tremendous shark activity. The visibility in the water had room for improvement. This was likely caused by the heavy weather we had the previous day. To be able to see 10 sharks in what is considered to be the quiet season was fantastic! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!

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