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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 18 Feb 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012 |  1 Comment Tags: Jonty Rhodes, shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “Very good service! Perfect experience worth every rand!! Thank you for a lifetime experience! Thank you!” Alan Nawar.

 “It’s fabulous to see that there are still intelligent and good folks striving to keep the world whole!!! Go for it guys.” Rita Goel.

18/02/2012
Location
: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 18.2'C
Depth: 9.6m
Visibility: 1.5m
Number of Sharks: 8
Conditions: Sunny and windy!

Today we had a special treat on our trip! Former South African cricket player Jonty Rhodes joined us on board! He looked very prepared for the adventure he was about to embark on, I’m  sure that’s due to his many years of experience in test matches! The sharks seemed to be very intimidated by his presence, as soon as he got in the cage they all disappeared! They however returned in full force to give the rest of our guests an experience to remember! Thanks Great whites for giving us a show...
 

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