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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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Clarence Ngcwembe

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Clarence is our professional videographer on board Slashfin. He joined Fasttrax Marine in 2005 filming the Marine Big Five™ including Southern Right Whales from on board our very own whale watching vessel the Whale Whisperer. He became a crew member in 2008 and continues to help out with all duties on board including anchor lifting and helping divers with wetsuits. Also originally from the Eastern Cape, Clarence has grown up on the ocean and expertly captures unforgettable moments for our people to take home with them and watch over again. Clarence knows exactly how to film from the best angle - both under and on top of the ocean!