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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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Daily Blog 09 August 2017 | Cage Diving South Africa

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: “Amazing experience, extremely well organised! Thank you!” – Eleni

“Extremely happy with the service and information. Very happy with the cage experience! Keep up the good work!”– Sara

“Amazing Experience! Very knowledgeable staff. Glad to have seen some sharks today!”– Anthony, Ethan & Tyler

09/08/2017

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.3°C + 15.3°C
Depth: 8.9 + 8.5
Visibility: 3.0 + 3.0
Number of Sharks: 2 + 4
Conditions: A perfectly sunny morning, with hardly any wind or swell today

A sunrise launch this morning! A beautiful sight to witness, as we cruised to our dive site in the shallows. After only 10 minutes this morning we were visited by the large female we have been seeing over the last few days. She gave us some stunning shots going for our seal decoy, displaying some great vertical behaviour. It didn’t take long for the smaller scarred female to join us also this morning, and she was very active! All our cage divers got some great sightings of these majestic ladies on our first trip. In addition we also saw a large stingray, who was very interested in the seal decoy! After our dive experience, we went to check out the seals at Geyser rock. Many were enjoying the morning sunshine lounging on the rocks, but we also had a few cooling off in Shark Alley. The younger and less experienced seals will have to watch out over the next few days!

It seemed quite fitting too that these ladies of the bay showed up in support for Women’s Day this morning! A fabulous way to celebrate the occasion. It seems like “The girls are back in town” at the moment – And hopefully here to stay!

Well what an afternoon! We started off with a small male approaching the boat not long after we were back on anchor, followed quickly by the 3.6m female we have been seeing for the last three days. Things became awefully quite after our first cage of divers with the arrivla of a Short-tail Stingray and not much else however after a quick anchor swap and a new location we found the shark that made the trip...Scarlett!

Guests that have joined us during the months of August-September in previous years may have had the pleasure of meeting this large (4.2m) female White shark that happens to be 1 of our 10 Iconic White sharks in this area. There is a reason why, her behaviour around the boat is AMAZING, she is slow and curious, allowing our guests the chance to truly appreciate the magestic nature of these animals and dispelling the myths of constant aggression associated with these sharks.

We have been able to identify this shark since 2014, she was biopsied by the DICT team in 2015 for genetic, toxicology and to back up behavioural studies and in 2016 she was named Scarlett after she appeared at the boat sporting extensive bite wounds and scars around her head and tail, believed to be inflicted by another White shark. Today, those scars are only detectable if you look very closely, proof of the amazing healing capabilities of these animals.

A fantastci day with nice conditions and two successful trips with the addition of another White shark back into the area. Welcome back Scarlett!


If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage 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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