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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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INFOGRAPHIC - Stealthy seals use refugia to sneak by white sharks

Monday, November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

The latest research from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust by Michelle Jewell explains the predator prey games of Cape fur seals and white sharks around Geyser Rock.

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First Marine Dynamics guest blogger - Adam Mustoe

Friday, June 01, 2012 | 0 Comments

Author: Michelle Wcisel (Marine Biologist)

Welcome to Marine Dynamics shark tours first guest blog written by shark fanatic Adam Mustoe! Adam is a project manager & mechanical engineer from the UK who enjoys travel/nature writing. Adam says, "I believe that nature writing is something which needs to be conveyed accurately, responsibly and with empathy to help bring conservation efforts to the forefront of peoples minds and entice people to have the same experience! The Great White is a species which already commands attention by its presence and status in the wild and in the media. In that respect, its a great vehicle to convey a message through story telling which helps to capture the readers interest and imagination." 

We hope to be publishing more of these in the future, so if any of you out there are budding travel writers, please send us an email by clicking here with your story and we will be sure to contact you.

 

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