• 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 13 July 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, July 13, 2017 |  0 Comment Tags: Cage Diving, Cape fur seal, Great White Shark, Marine Dynamics, shark cage diving, White Shark SA,

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 comment: “Fantastic day out, really great experience and would highly recommend. Thanks Toby and team, amazing team!” – Sarah

“Wonderful experience, great staff, treated us all wonderfully” - Andrew

“You guys were amazing, so knowledgeable & helpful. Thanks you so much, honestly a fantastic day!! ” – Bianca


Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.2°C
Depth: 18.0m
Visibility: 5.0m
Number of Sharks: 0
Conditions: Fairly cloudy start with patches of warm sun breaking through, gentle swell

We mixed it up a little today, after a couple of days in the shallows it was time to try the Geldsteen. Visibility today was good and with only a gentle rolling swell, conditions were set for a pleasant morning. We dropped the cage in and the wait for the white sharks began. While we waited this morning, we chatted about some of the things these sharks like to get up to in the Geldsteen, as well as learn a little bit about how the white shark develops through its life. After a brief encounter with a Cape Fur Seal around Slashfin, a group of our guests were keen to drop into the cage to check out the underwater world. While they were not lucky enough to observe the sharks today, we did have some great fun trying to attract the sharks by pretending to be seals, or more specifically making sheep noises underwater!!!

Although we had an unsuccessful cage dive day, we were able to go and check out the Cape Fur Seal colony & Dyer Island. We saw some wonderful Cape Cormorants and some playful seals in Shark Alley. The conditions in Shark Alley were great, so the stage is set for the winter sharks to return to the Island, but we must remain patient and hopeful that our sharky friends will return soon.

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then White Shark Diving in Gansbaai, 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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