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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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Georgia French

Visiting Biologist
Georgia is involved in biopsies of great white sharks in Gansbaai and visits throughout the year to obtain the necessary data.
 
“My PhD is based on looking at the ecological and conservation implications of individual behavioural differences in white sharks. I'm combining behavioural data with morphometrics and stable isotope analyses to investigate the ecology of individual white sharks, providing a greater understanding of the species' requirements in terms of conservation action.
 
My love of sharks was borne from fear that led to fascination. I have been enthralled by sharks from an early age and after snorkelling with my first one in the wild, there was no going back for me! They are intelligent, inquisitive, impressive and beautiful animals that deserve nothing but our utmost respect and steadfast protection.”