On the Fifth Day of Christmas I Finally got to see.

Five Great White Sharks,
Four Koalas Cuddling,
Three Snapping Crocs, 
Two Red Kangaroos,
And a Kookaburra in a Gum Tree

The Great White Shark is one of the most feared animals in the world let alone Australia, an underwater predator majority of us are happy to only see with the soothing voice over of David Attenborough.

Contrary to popular believe, Great white sharks can be found almost anywhere, living in all major oceans and along coastal areas. They are actually warm-blooded, this means they can regulate their own body temperature. Which is why you can find them in most oceans across the world. The only place they don’t like to hunt is in Antarctica, but they do prefer warm, salty seas.

A great white shark swimming on the surface of the sea.
Great white shark circling the boat

Apart from humans, the only other threat to Great Whites are Orcas! These killer whales know that they need their livers for buoyancy so during an attack they will remove them with surgical precision. What a fact!

One of the features that makes them look so scary are their big pearly whites. They have around 300 serrated teeth in multiple rows inside their mouth. If they lose any of these teeth it will be replaced by the row behind. In a lifetime they can grow up to 200,000 terrifying teeth, makes you shiver doesn’t it?!

Sarah and George with a fossilised Great White Shark Jaw.
Look at the size of those teeth!

Researchers have found that the blood in Great Whites have very high levels of both arsenic and mercury. Levels this high would kill most other animals, but Great Whites have adapted to this. You can’t not be impressed by this, am i wrong?!

I won’t lie, I am scared of sharks. They are big, scary and the water is their realm, while I am out there splashing around trying to see the coral below through my foggy mask. This blog by PADI really made me laugh and put things into perspective. Each year Great Whites are responsible for an average of 10 deaths worldwide. In the US statistics show that there are 8 deaths every day from texting while driving. In 2014, 113 deaths were ladder-related… LADDERS?! To add to that more than 2 dozen people have even been killed by champagne corks.

Where can you find a Great White?

If you are actually looking to find the biggest predatory fish on earth the most likely spot in Australia is at Port Lincoln.

Sarah and George in an underwater cage surrounded by fish.
In the shark cage

Port Lincoln Cage Diving in South Australia is an out of this world experience where you immerse yourself in the cold waters around the Neptune Islands, inside a suspended cage. Calypso Star Charters can actually bait the sharks to attract them towards the boat, giving their guests the best chance at spotting these elusive characters. Our first sighting of the pregnant Great White Emily gave me chills as I spotted a shadow from over the side of the boat seconds before she breached the water to catch her next meal!

Spotting a Great White on a tour is the aim of the game but it can’t be guaranteed, you’re searching for wild animals remember. We were extremely lucky to see one after three weeks of no sightings.

If you are brave enough, you should take the chance.

One thought on “On the Fifth Day of Christmas I Finally got to see.

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