• 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 Blog 10 January 2018 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Copper shark, shark, Short Tailed Stingray, Stingray,

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)
Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.

“Awesome experience. I thought I’d be disappointed about not seeing a Great White but it was awesome anyway!”  - Mike

“”Amazing day! The crew, facilities and whole experience was awesome! Thanks for an unforgettable experience J.” – Lynee  

“The sharks were beautiful and we were lucky enough to see a gorgeous Stingray. J” – Laura

“Amazing experience. Sharks were stunning. Would recommend to others.” – Heather

Location: Joubertsdam   

Water Temperature: 19 – 19.7 C

Depth: 9m

Visibility: 1.5 - 1m, decreasing to around 0.5m in the afternoon.

Conditions: A windy but sunny day out on the not so deep blue.  

It was a stunning day to be out on the water with the African sun living up to her scorching reputation. Although we had a little wind, it came from the east, making the sea flat and the air really pleasant.

The first trip of the day launched at around 9 and we had our first Bronze Whaler Sharks within  minutes. We got incredibly lucky with our sightings today, as the sharks just kept coming.  There were also a variety of sizes out there, with the smaller animals upping the “Cute factor” as they investigated the bait with curiosity.  

As if the sharks were not enough, we were also joined by some ginormous Short Tailed Stingrays. We had a couple of them around, with everyone thoroughly enjoying their visits to the surface! These guys certainly live up to their title of the largest marine based sting ray. The Copper Sharks did not seem all to phased by their presence, which meant that we could see both species in front of the Cage at the same time! This made for some incredible sights on both trips, with many a great photo being taken out on the water today.

The second trip of the day had the same luck, with the sharks arriving instantly and staying throughout the entire trip. The sharks were really nice and active, which made the time pass really quickly. We also had 2 stingrays around who are super cool to watch when they launch themselves at the bait.

All in all, a great day on the water.

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