• 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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Daily trip 23 April 2013 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 |  0 Comment Tags: Nicola Stelluto, shark cage diving,

Author: Nicola Stelluto (Environmental Ecologist)
My initial love for the environment occurred at a young age when my father and I use to watch animal documentaries on Sunday evenings. I was hooked on anything ocean related when I saw these amazing submersibles going to such extreme depth in the ocean and discovering previously unseen things. To be the first to go somewhere where no one has been before was the first thing that attracted me to the field of natural sciences.

Guest comment: “What a privilege seeing the sharks and a very sexy guide too!” Patricia.

“Our second time back and we were not disappointed. It was a fantastic experience!” Hilda and Philou .

“Wonderful experience- great staff, fantastic time! Best thing between Canada to South Africa!” Adrian and Rosanne.

Location: Dam
Water Temperature: 16.4 'C
Depth: 9.2m
Visibility: 2.5m
Number of Sharks: 9
Conditions: partly cloudy with wind.

Another spectacular day out of Kleinbaai harbour, the best place in the world to see Great White Sharks in action. To have 9 sharks around the boat at this time of the year in the Shallows is truly lucky and amazing. Not only did “Malcolm X” and “Floppy” put on one of the best shark spectacles imaginable, but the 7 other sharks just jumped on the band wagon and joined in. Visibility was slightly limited however the sharks were swimming all over the place and I’m sure you would have spotted at least one of the four around the cage. The kids, parents, young couples and everyone else had a great time on the boat with tremendous shark action and spectacular weather. Good Times...

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator. 

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