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  • 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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Gansbaai: Deceased White Shark, Cape Infanta

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

On Saturday the 25th of November a deceased white shark was reported to the South African Shark Conservancy by Ichthyologist, Sarah Halse, from the Breede area. On Sunday the 26th, Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s white shark biologist, Alison Towner, retrieved the shark and brought it back to DICT’s Kleinbaai facility.

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Marine Dynamics Receives Award at World Travel Market in London

Thursday, November 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Anwynn Louw (Social Media Manager)

South Africa remained in the spotlight at the World Travel Market London 2017 when Marine Dynamics received the “Highly Commended” award in the Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017

Friday, October 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Anwynn Louw (Social Media Manager)

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism...

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Our Conservation Heroes

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Anwynn Louw (Social Media Manager)

This Women's Day we celebrate our Conservation Heroes, right here in Gansbaai. Our team of marine biologists and conservationists working for the Dyer Island Conservation TrustAfrican Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - APSS, Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Cruises share with us what drives them to protect the unique Dyer Island ecosystem, home of the Marine Big 5.

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Great White Sharks hunted by Orcas in Gansbaai Continues

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Another deceased Great White shark found in Gansbaai, due to Orca predations...

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Job Opportunities at Marine Dynamics | Junior Bookkeeper

Monday, May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Marine Dynamics and their partner companies have a junior bookkeeper post available. What to expect and how to apply.

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