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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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Great White Sharks

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Ancient creatures steeped in myth and mystique

Of the estimated 350 plus shark species in the world, the iconic Great White has always fascinated mankind the most - for various reasons. 

The Great White as we know it today is believed to have been around for 70 million years, but their very first ancestors might have appeared already as early as 200 - 500 million years ago! Yet, it is shocking how little we know of these most adapted species that outlived even dinosaurs and the ice ages! 

Marine research is a relatively new field that only got momentum in the 1950's. Therefore, most of the gripping questions regarding the elusive Great white shark have as yet remained unanswered or have not been documented. One of these questions concerns their age. Many scientists estimate they can live up to 50-80 years of age, but the truth is that nobody is sure. Another question would be - how old would they normally grow if their biggest enemy - mankind - did not kill them off at a shocking rate for commercial and recreational purposes?

Underneath are some of the interesting information our Marine Biologists and researchers have been able to verify regarding these mysterious and misunderstood apex predators of the ocean.