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Swimming style

While cage diving in Cape Town you can learn about the swimming style of the great white shark. The big predator has his territory on the coast of False Bay in South Africa. However, he undertakes great journeys of over 20,000 km to travel the oceans.

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Swimming style Great White Sharks


We leave the port with our boat and head for an underwater channel that lies between two islands. We lure the White Shark with a fish head. He smells the prey from far away.

As soon as he makes out our lure, you can see what an elegant, agile and fast swimmer he is.

When the great white shark approaches our boat, you can see that its propulsion is controlled by the tail fin.

Since water is around 800 times denser than air, it needs a lot of force. You cannot make a comparison with humans. Man can easily find that he can run 200 meters better than swim 200 meters because we have adapted more to life above water.

The shark skin is provided with innumerable of one millimeter large skin teeth. They are shaped in the direction of the flow and overlap. The shark skin thus reduces the flow resistance and enables the shark to swim faster. When attacking his prey, it can briefly reach a top speed of 65 km / h.

The anal and dorsal fin are used to determine the course. The speed is stabilized with the shark fins. With the pectoral fins he controls the entry or exit.

Despite its perfection, however, it is not able to swim backwards or can not brake quickly in front of a prey.

His streamlined physique helps him to move through the sea water without great frictional resistance, because with a size of 6 meters and a weight of up to 3.5 tons this is no easy undertaking. The light cartilage skeleton helps a lot, otherwise its weight would be even greater.

Since he has no swim bladder, other organs help him. The shark liver is a substitute and provides the shark's uplift and downforce. The shark liver could be compared to an adjustable life jacket. In a fully grown White Shark, it can weigh up to 400 kg. Their size can be 20 to 40% of the entire body.

Liver oil is very nutritious and was even used as lamp oil in the Middle Ages. It is still used today by the industry as a cheap lubricant and by the cosmetics industry for creams. If you use anti-wrinkle cream, it likely contains shark oil.

Don't buy shark products!

All the so called positive properties of shark products, no matter how good, no longer justify their use. A shark dies every minute just because shark fin soup is seen as a sign of prosperity in Asian countries.

Shark skin is still used today as an abrasive. Some manufacturers of expensive fine watches use tanned shark skin as watch straps. Every shark product can be exchanged in this day and age. Many shark species in our oceans are on the verge of extinction.

Natives of South Africa believe that if the shark dies, the sea will die too. They are right, because without the great white shark there will be many problems that humans have caused. The shark provides a balance in nature, which we cannot replace. If he dies, there will be chaos above and below the water !!!

Make sure with your buying behaviour that our grandchildren can still admire the greatest predator of all oceans in 100 years.

Great white shark - cage diving in Gansbaai - shark tours
Now it is time for you to visit us soon in Gansbaai, the nursery of the great white shark. Here you can get to know the great predator from eye to eye while cage diving.

We offer inexpensive self-drive shark tours, but we can also arrange pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town. You do not need a diving license for our dives! You will receive an introduction with further information from our staff.

If you have any further requests or questions about shark tours, please contact us.

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