• 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 07 November 2017 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comment: “We had a great day! Staff was friendly and accommodating. Also extremely informative. Awesome experience!” – Krista + Andrew

“Everything was perfect! Staff was amazing! No Great Whites but that’s okay. Still was an amazing experience!” – Vanessa + Nicholas

“Fantastic day, loved seeing the sharks and rays. Unforgettable experience!” – Lindsay, Liz + Dominique


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.5°C + 16.6°C
Depth: 10.6m + 10.3m
Visibility: 1.0m + 1.0m
Number of Sharks: 0 + 0
Conditions: Slight swell rolling through and stronger south easterly winds.

A bit of a sleep in for the staff and guests of Marine Dynamics today with later launches due to conditions and tides. Once out on the water it didn’t take the sharks long to show up, the Copper sharks that is. The Copper sharks over the last few weeks have become a familiar sight in this area and whilst the Great Whites have been very elusive the Coppers have allowed our guests a shark experience and quite an exciting one at that. The behaviour of this species around the boat is amazing as they move about together and make such close passes by the cage with usually consistent activity. The Short-tailed stingrays graced us with their presence as well this morning before the group headed by Geyser Rock to see the Cape Fur seals.

The second trip of the day launched with the tide rising high enough for us to make a smooth exit from Kleinbaai harbour. Much like the first trip the Copper sharks appeared quickly, and our guests took the plunge into the lovely Atlantic waters. The sharks stuck around for the entire afternoon and the Short-tailed stingrays come and went throughout making for a successful bronze experience out on the water for Marine Dynamics.


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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