• 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 19 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: “Soooo fun!! Not only a thrilling but also educational outing. You guys were great. Thanks!!” – Ali & Rob

“It was amazing!! Good job to all the crew, all of you were so professional!! Excellent day with the sharks for the first time!”– Nathelie & Michael

“Thanks for the amazing morning! We saw more than we paid for with Stingrays sharks and seals! Thanks for keeping us safe!”– Tanya & Allister


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.3C + 16.3°C + 16.0°C
Depth: 7.5m + 8.3m +10.1m
Visibility: 1m + 1m + 1m
Number of Sharks: 5 + 4 + 4
Conditions: A cloudy morning, with no wind and only a slight swell

We were a well-oiled machine as we beat the tide this morning to get out to the shallows nice and early. This move paid dividends as the first boat out there we had the pick of the sharks. And they didn’t take long to arrive with two small females surfacing within minutes of anchoring. These two females have been seen fairly frequently over the last few days with the small pale female sticking around sporadically for the whole trip. Next up was super Sarko with some elegant acrobatics and then she swam off to enjoy the rest of her morning. We had 5 Copper sharks for company as well this morning with the stingrays trying to steal some of the limelight too! Next up was another small female and the 3.8m female we’ve seen recently as well. She was more of a one pass and go kinda girl this morning though. We even had time this morning to go check out Dyer Island and the seals of Geyser rock which was a nice added bonus for this trip.

Our second trip launched with the sun trying to creep through the clouds and as we got to our anchor site we were greeted by white sharks pretty much immediately again! This trip we had 4 white sharks and our copper friends as well. We had the small pale female around slashfin again, with another 2m female we’d seen two weeks ago, so that’s good to see she is sticking around the area for some time! We also had Sarko and the 3.8m female as well, who was more active for this trip giving us some stunning photo opportunities.

The third trip started of a little slow even though we had sharks around very soon after arriving back onto anchor in the Shallows. However before too long things started to pick up especially with the arrival of two large females, one approximately 3.8m in length and none other than 'Scarlett', the largest shark for the day measuring in at approximately 4.3m in length. We also had a large number of Copper sharks visit, at one point we had six schooling around in front of the cage, and a Short-tailed stingray coming and going throughout the afternoon.



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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