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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 March 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: Record PAX, 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: “A dream became true! Thanks for all your effort and support to protect them. The next generation will thank you!” Dusan Runjajic.

08/03/2012
Location:
Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 19.4'C
Depth: 8.3m
Visibility: 2m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Sunny.

Today Marine Dynamics proved its skills both in organisational capacity as well as in its ability to deliver sharks! We had a large booking for 100 clients in one group today, as well as our normal trip with 22 people! All 122 of our guests left with big smiles on their faces, proving that we are truly the top shark cage diving company and that we have the capacity and ability to handle large and small groups. We spent many hours at sea today, but the sharks made the time fly past. There was an incredible amount of activity in the water today, at some points we had 5 large sharks in front of the cage showing their pearly whites. It was great having our familiar sharks in the area as well as some new faces. The photos will speak for themselves! Today was one to remember...
 

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