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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 11 March 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012 |  0 Comment Tags: 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: “Really fun, had a great time! Mummy got seasick but that’s fine. The crew were really nice and very knowledgeable and kind!” Chandi Desai.

“What a great day! Thank you so much! Nicola and crew are awesome, thanx!” Chantelle Copeland.

11/03/2012
Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 13.0'C
Depth: 10.3m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 11
Conditions: Wind with no cloud cover.

We had several large families on board today, it must be due to the fact that today was Sunday! It is really great to see how an entire family can find enjoyment together on a shark diving trip, both young and old! The parents were full of screams, even more so than the kids :)! It was completely understandable due to the fact that we had some large 4 meter sharks around the cage. Well done guys for maintaining your composure! The wind was interfering with our visibility in the water today, which made it even more exciting for the guys in the cage. You never know when a shark is going to swim in front of you and yell surprise! All and all it was a very wholesome trip...
 

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