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10 Things you didn’t know about the Great White Shark

The magnificent Great White Shark

Known as one of the ocean’s greatest predators, the Great White Shark has grown to become quite a hit amongst travellers and tourists through Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about going shark cage diving then you will find the following facts about the Great White Shark quite interesting.

  1. The largest Great White Shark ever recorded was caught off Cojimar, Cuba and measured 6.4 m (21 feet) and roughly 3,312 kg (7,302 pounds). The average size of a Great White Shark is between 3.5 – 4.6 m.
  2. Although the Great White Shark can reach lengths of up to 6m, it is not the largest shark in the ocean, but it is the biggest predatory shark.
  3. They have six senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electro-reception.
  4. Great White Sharks are sensitive to low frequency sounds as produced by struggling prey.
  5. They don’t have eyelids, but instead roll their eyes back to protect them.
  6. Similar to a whale, Great White Sharks will often stick their heads out of the water to inspect their prey. This is known as spy-hopping.
  7. Great White Sharks can breach out the water over 2 m into the air.
  8. Great White Sharks grow very slowly and only become sexually mature around 8 – 10 years (males) and 14 – 16 years (females).
  9. They are one of the most widely distributed sharks and are found in all oceans, except the polar seas.
  10. After birth, Great White Shark pups receive no parental care and are left to fend for themselves.

African Shark Eco-Charters specialise in Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trips. Our trips head out to Seal Island, False Bay which is the home of the “flying’ Great White Sharks. Join us on one of our Great White Shark cage diving and breaching trips and witness these spectacular apex predators up close and personal.

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