• 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 31 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We were all interested in seeing what sort of conditions and activity we would be seeing today after a slow weekend with the sharks in the bay and a day off due to some bad weather conditions coming through...

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Daily Blog 29 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The day was predicted to be a stunner and it truly was with little swell, a light, refreshing wind and clear skies however our sharks appeared to still be in the same mood as yesterday with many of the boats out on the bay struggling to get a sighting of this elusive animal...

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Daily Blog 28 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

We were back on the water after a day off due to some heavy weather conditions and the bay looked like a completely different area this morning with the sun shining on a relatively flat sea...

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Daily Blog 26 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

A later start for the guests and team at Marine Dynamics today with a 9am launch from Kleinbaai harbour, we arrived into the Shallows quickly and waited close to 30 minutes for the sharks to arrive...

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Daily Blog 25 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Cage Diving South Africa

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

The skies and rain cleared just as we were launching with a beautiful sunset coming up over the bay as we made our way out of the harbour and into the Shallows to be the first boat on anchor...

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Daily Blog 24 January 2017 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving South Africa

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)

Although it is believed to be the slower season for the sharks, we didn’t even wait for half an hour to see the first Great White shark around ‘Slashfin’ our vessel...

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