• 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 November 2017 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Thursday, November 02, 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 fabulous trip. Inspired by the passion of the team and enriched to be educated about sharks. Will continue to support” – Debi

“Very enjoyable experience. Professional crew passionate about their work. Thank you!”– The Fergusons

“Nice trip. Please keep fighting for the sharks” – Stefan


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.1°C + 16.4°C
Depth: 9.0m + 10.4m
Visibility: 2m + 2m
Number of Sharks: 0 + 0
Conditions: Gloomy skies, but calm seas and gentle breeze

Rain didn’t stop the copper sharks from strutting their stuff this morning as we pretty much had them straight away on this overcast Thursday morning. With some great activity at the start of our trip our guests got some great face to face action with these wonderful sharks. Activity peaked and troughed through this trip but we saw some great action when they were around. The stingrays were also popping up from time to time and really wowed some of our guests on board today! On returning to the harbour we encountered a small group of mother calf pair Southern Right Whales which was a nice end to the trip.

We re-anchored and moved straight away and went a little deeper. We had very consistent activity for this trip with 5-6 different copper sharks. Some really nice close and slow passes from a few of these sharks checking out what was going on in the cage. The stingrays showed up in force as well, with some nice surface activity and plenty of photo opportunities. Unfortunately our white sharks didn’t show themselves today, but we’re hoping sightings improve over the weekend.

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