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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 02 September 2017 | Great White Shark 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!! Thank you!! ”– Sarah & Kathryn

“Amazing trip! The guides were a lot of fun and very knowledgeable”– Erika, Julie, Sam & Julie

“Excellent all round experience, very well organised!”– David & Lesley

02/09/2017

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.6°C + 15.6°C
Depth: 9.8m + 10.1m
Visibility: 1m + 0.5m
Number of Sharks: 1 +  3
Conditions: A misty start, clearing to beautiful sun, slight swell and wind

This morning’s trip had us venturing into the eerie mist! As we waded through to our anchor site the morning sun soon started to burn through, and it cleared up to be a beautiful morning. After anchoring we only had to wait 10 minutes for our first white shark! Sarko was back with plenty of energy this morning and our divers needed to be on their toes to catch her! She stuck around for about 15 minutes, before two of our copper sharks showed up and had some fun around the cage! As the morning wore on, Sarko appeared from nowhere and gave us a second round of fantastic photo opportunities! But this wasn’t all for today, not only did a cheeky seal come and have a play around the cage, but in the distance we saw fins approaching. The regular surfacing of these fins indicated that they didn’t belong to sharks, but instead as they got closer to Slashfin, they turned out to be a pod of 5 Humpback Dolphins! It was a great experience to witness these awesome cetaceans!

For our second trip our bronze friends were the first to join us around the cage, and the excitement increased 10 fold when a White shark appeared. This was a small female we have seen recently but not frequently, easily identified by the scratches around her head and gills. She didn't stick around long but whilst she was gone the Bronze Whalers or Copper sharks kept us busy. The second shark for the trip appeared soon after, a very small juvenile, estimated under 2m in length, which is generally the smallest we see in this area. This shark was a new animal for us to document since the sharks have reappeared back in the bay, it appeared a little skittish but also very enthusiastic and curious to have a closer look at the happenings around the boat. The third and final White shark for the trip was Sarko, one of the bays most frequent visitors, she came rocketing in, made a ruckus and disappeared into the depths. A beautiful afternoon out on the water.

It appeared that the Humpback dolphins from the first trip had stuck around in the shallows this afternoon as we spotted them in the distance from Slashfin.

An action packed day with wildlife out there today! Another remarkable day in the bay!

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