• 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 14 October 2017 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, October 14, 2017 |  0 Comment Tags: Cape Town, Copper shark, Great White Shark, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, 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: “Your staff are super engaged!! Despite getting sick I felt welcomed and supported from the time I set foot until I returned.” – Oreeille

“Couldn’t see any in the cage, but those on the boat saw some beauties. Thank you and keep up the good work!!”– Sarah


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.1°C
Depth: 10.5m
Visibility: 1m
Number of Sharks: 0
Conditions: Calm start with wind picking up and sunny skies

We headed out in super calm conditions this morning, and geared up to get ready for the sharks to show up. We chatted about all things shark as we waited this morning. We had brief sightings of our copper sharks this morning, and as the wind picked up we had a fun cage diving experience! We also had white chinned petrels gliding around in the skies which was nice to see, as well as a large group of cape cormorants flying close by Slashfin. Unfortunately the white sharks didn’t come up to the boat today, but we did have some good sightings of the copper sharks. On the way back to the harbour, we encountered two separate groups of southern right whales. A group of 2 and then closer to the harbour a mother calf pair and two other individuals. We had some great tail slapping and was excellent to see these gentle giants chilling in the shallows!  

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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