• 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 12 September 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 |  0 Comment Tags: Cage Diving, Cape Town, Copper shark, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, south africa, Stingray, White Shark,

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: “Thank you for a great trip,. Very happy to see all the research and conservation”– Marianne

“Had a great experience! Saw plenty of sharks up close! Really enjoyed it!”–  Andrew

“Really good experience, well looked after an great sightings. Crew really know all the sharks and other species”– Alys, Liberty & Elliot


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.8°C + 16.0°C + 15.7°C
Depth: 12.1m + 8.8 + 9.0
Visibility: 1m + 2m + 1m
Number of Sharks: 6 + 4 + 3
Conditions: Cloudy morning that soon cleared up with a slight wind and swell building

With six white sharks in total for our morning trip we were fully rewarded for our early start! The morning kicked off with Sarko coming to join us and giving us some fabulous passes. Next up was ‘Gqibigame’ who’s been named by our crew, because she’s been giving us some fantastic action over the last week. She’s a Sarko lookalike with similar scarring on her flank, but she’s slightly bigger at 3m. Scarlett wasn’t giving it up this morning, with a brief pass, but next we had a very pale female at around 2.8m who gave our cage divers some excellent viewing underwater. Towards the end of our trip we had a small 2m female who was very graceful in the water, finishing up with the 4m female who we saw yesterday with the pectoral fin that’s bent upwards. As if this wasn’t enough we had plenty of copper sharks and short tail stingrays!

On our second trip we headed out into some warm spring sunshine, and it wasn’t long until our white sharks were back! This trip we had Sarko, Gqibigame and the small pale female. With the sunshine gently toasting us we had wonderful viewing from the boat as well as in the cage. Again the copper sharks were also in a playful mood for this second trip giving our guests some excellent photo opportunities.

For our third trip today, we were thoroughly wowed from the get go. Having just gotten suited up and discussing the sharks, the large 4m female with the bent pectoral came out of nowhere and announced herself to the group. With some great vertical ascents she was showing us all the good stuff. With plenty more action from the copper sharks as well this afternoon it was a thoroughly sharky day!

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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