• 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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PRESS RELEASE:Marine Dynamics Shark Tours wins National Lilizela Award

Author: Anwynn Louw (Social Media Manager)

There was much excitement leading up to the National Lilizela Tourism Awards held at a gala dinner at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the evening of 22nd October 2015.

Over 1000 entries were received this year. As per the Lilizela official press release:  “The best of the best are recognised and honoured through the annual Lilizela Tourism Awards. These awards are not only an integral part of South Africa’s strategy to remain a globally competitive destination,  but  are pivotal to setting the excellence bar for the entire sector: giving all tourism businesses standards of excellence to aspire to and building South Africa’s reputation the world over as one of the best tourism destinations on earth. During the country-wide provincial awards, 219 tourism product owners and service providers in the industry were recognised and rewarded for their contribution to service excellence in tourism and upholding the promise of quality assurance.”

At the national event the final 23 winners were announced. Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, addressed the finalists speaking of the challenges within the tourism sector this past year and that the experiences enjoyed by tourists were made possible by those dedicated to service delivery. South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thulani Nzima also congratulated the night’s finalists and winners.

"Marine Dynamics offers a unique and exciting adventure: diving with sharks. Tourists remember this remarkable experience in our ocean forever. They encounter our amazing biodiversity up close, and they tell others about it. By creating meaningful and memorable experiences, Marine Dynamics is helping to position South Africa as a competitive global destination with unique attractions, and is spreading the valuable message of marine conservation around the world. The Department of Tourism applauds your outstanding work to showcase our country internationally, and congratulates you on winning a Lilizela award.” - Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism.

Marine Dynamics representative, Bronwen Wetton, receive the award on behalf of the company.

Further information:
Brenda du Toit, Ph: 0760613114

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