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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 29 Feb 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Great weather, Gulls hunting, 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: “We both travelled 11 500km and these wonderful people gave us the greatest tour ever! We saw so many sharks and the whole team are so professional. We will tell everyone about them. ” Robyn Taylor and Scott Severs.


29/02/2012
Location:
Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 21.0'C
Depth: 11.4m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 10
Conditions: Cloudy with no wind!

Yet again ‘Marine Dynamics shark cage diving’ put the predictions of the weather man to the test! Even though all the other company’s cancelled their trips today, we were able to enjoy all of the sharks all to ourselves! Our boat is specifically designed both for safety and for shark diving purposes. Our experienced crew were up early this morning in order to determine how the weather was going to develop. They made the right call again and we had an amazing time. We had three large sharks in the area that kept coming and coming... ‘Woundy’ being one of the large sharks, joined us again today and he was amazing. The gulls were also making their presence known today and I was fortunate enough to capture them feeding. The guest were great, some of them have been waiting ten years in order to check this of their bucket list. I am glad I could be a part of it! It was a great day...
 

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