• 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 11 October 2017 | Shark Diving South Africa

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 |  0 Comment Tags: Cage Diving, Cape Town, Copper shark, Great White Shark, Klainebaai, 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: “Great experience & fantastic staff. Thank you for everything!” – Adam & Jenn

“Great experience – great sightings, friendly & knowledgeable staff – not as scary as we thought!”– Vikki

“Thank you so much also for the interesting information provided!”– Steph


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.1°C + 15.3°C + 15.4°C
Depth: 10.5m + 11.0m + 9.7m
Visibility: 3m + 3m + 3m
Number of Sharks: 0 + 0 + 0
Conditions: Sunny skies all day with flat seas and no wind (like a pond)

How to survive Wednesdays? Go shark cage diving and spice up that midweek funk! We headed straight to the shallows this morning, and the visibility was astounding! For us in these waters it is a genuine treat to get beyond 1m visibility. Furthermore the sea was flat as a pancake this morning. With our guests gearing up into their suits we soon had our first shark around Slashfin. Once again our copper friends popped up to say hello to our cage divers this morning, joined soon after by the stingrays! Once again the water clarity was awesome to see these sharks and stingrays gliding gracefully around the boat. We even had a cape fur seal join us towards the end! This cheeky seal took it upon itself to not only chase some of the mullet at the back of Slashfin but even throw its weight around with the copper sharks. This morning’s trip can be summed up as Triple S cage diving; Sharks, Stingrays & Seals.

Our second trip saw us venture back to the clear waters of the shallows, where we were soon joined once again by the copper sharks. These guys were awesome once again, and our cage divers were treated to a beautiful spectacle as they glided through the water. With the sun coming to its peak on this trip, we can finally start to feel spring coming on. It was a stunningly warm trip and a great opportunity to get some fantastic underwater shots of the sharks today.

For the third and final trip, we were the only cage dive boat on the water, so were hopeful to conjure a white shark up. While we waited in anticipation, the copper sharks played around in the afternoon glow. We got straight in the cage and up close and personal with a few of these slender sharks. With their stunningly beautiful eyes it’s a real pleasure to have these sharks around the boat in the absence of the white sharks. All round today was as wonderful day on the water!

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