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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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Programme Details

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Programme details

All bookings should be made at least 30 days before joining the programme. As we rely on good weather conditions, we recommend staying for four weeks in order to gain the most benefit out of the progamme and to ensure you experience adequate sea time. Shorter or longer stays can be arranged and the price varies accordingly. Start and end dates are on Mondays - this enables better planning for us and your fellow volunteers.

Should you stay for four weeks or longer, a donation is made from your fee to the African Penguin Faces of Need Nest Project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. You will receive a certificate of donation and your name will be listed on our Trust website.

Fees on request.

Included:

• Accommodation

• Transfers to and from Cape Town on your arrival and departure

• All trips on the boats

• Presentations and related conservation work,

• Free WiFi• Breakfast & lunch on the boats

Branded volunteer gear
2 x t-shirt
1 x cap
1 x jacket 
Waterproof boots (Gumboots) on request

Not included:

• Flight ticket

• Medical & travel insurance

• Excess baggage

• Dinners 

• Lodging in Cape Town

• Transfer to and from the lodge on any other day then a Monday.


SA Survival Guide

Culture
SA fondly call their country the rainbow nation with 11 official languages. We are a melting pot of different cultures, sports, religions, hipsters and lifestyles, which makes it an exciting and vibrant place to live. We are all immensely proud of our natural heritage, are very hospitable and have a great sense of humour. Make sure to try our different food and learn our lingo - you are going to have an amazing time!

Safety and Security
Be aware of your surroundings
Keep your important belongings locked away or stored at the bottom of your bags
Do not hitch hike & don’t walk around alone at night
Do not walk on the street with your camera or phone easily visible
Cover up when punching in your pin code for your bank card at an ATM
Lock the front door when you go to sleep

Expectations 
Flexibility, adaptability, patience and a sense of humour are key characteristics of volunteers. If at first you feel out of your comfort zone, just relax and go with the flow - after a couple of days you will settle in to your new routine. Our business is entirely weather dependant so plans often change with little notice. If you embrace this, the rest will come easily. Keep an open mind and maintain a positive attitude and you will return home with a bunch of awesome memories and a life changing experience, with friends made for life! If you have an questions or problems, please go straight to your co-ordinator or manager. We  are looking forward to welcoming you to the Marine Team!