• 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 16 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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.

Guest comments: 

"Great trip. Well looked after. Good info + yeah, the sharks were cool!!!" - Adam

"Even more impressive than excpected, great experience - we'll be back" - Malcolm & Anne

"Great experience! And fantastic crew! Will defo recommend to my friends. And hello from Singapore!" - Joshua


Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze Whaler, Southern Right Whale, Cape Fur Seal, Short-tailed Stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

Our tours might be called shark cage diving, but we can really get anything over here. You might have heard us talking about Triple S diving where you get to dive with Sharks Seals and Stingrays, well, today we got ourselves the fourth S - Southern right whale! It doesn't happen every day, but we are into our whale season when Souithern Right Whales come into the area to breed and raise their calves, and today we were lucky enough to spot them from our shark boat. We launched quite late today, just after midday and once we got to the dive location, we were treated with some amazing wildlife activity. We started off with a copper shark shyly investigating our lines, but then out of nowhere a small feisty female great white shark came into the picture showing how different those two species are. The juvenile shark only came for a couple of very fast passes ad unfortunely weren't seen again for the rest of the trip. However, she was replaced by Shaun the shark who as usual were very relaxed and graceful giving the divers an opportunity to check him out underwater. Straight after Shaun a smaller female appeared and circled our boat for quite some time. On our second cage we were lucky enough to have both white sharks, a copper shark and also a stingray coming up to the surface. Already feeling incredibly lucky, we were in awe when the forth shark, 3.3m male appeared giving us quite a performance! And of course it's always fun to see a cape fur seal porpoising around the boat being a cheeky thing that they are. Once everyone had their chance in the cage we packed up and headed back to the harbour.

The second trip of the day was an exclusive for a young group of guests visiting from the United States of America. We enjoyed a wild drive out to our anchor site and had our first shark sighting nearly immediately once the boat had settled. Throughout the trip we had continous activity with our guests bobbing up and down in the cage as two juveniles, Shaun the shark visited with a show stopping finish to the day in the form of a large female Great White we know as Clampy arriving, before heading back to land we made a quick cruise by the Island systme to have a look at the Cape Fur seal inhabitants of Geyser Rock.

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


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