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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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Kelly Baker

Guiding Biologist

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Kelly has lived near the ocean her entire life and it has always held such a fascination for her. “I believe it comes from the unknown of what lies beneath the surface, from tiny rock pools brimming with sea life to the dark depths inhabited by either rarely seen or undiscovered creatures. My interest in sharks, particular the Great White Shark, started from a very early age and I sought to learn as much about them as I could. This love of the ocean and the species that inhabit it led me to undertake a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with the University of Wollongong. I was inspired after my studies to travel and volunteer abroad, which is how I found myself in South Africa in 2013, spending 2 months in Gansbaai with Marine Dynamics. In the beginning of 2014 I found myself back with Marine Dynamics but this time as a crew member. I could not envision a better day than being out on the water seeing these magnificent creatures and giving people the chance to experience the true Great White Shark for themselves, as well as doing so as part of a team that seeks to protect and conserve these and other species through research and educational programs.”