• 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 January 2018 | Cage 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 comments: “Surpassed expectations even though we didn’t see a white shark. Great experience and very friendly and knowledgeable staff!” – Sean

“Sharks are amazing! This trip was worth every penny.” – April + Ro

“Fantastic day of adventure, educational and informative. One I will never forget!” - Chris


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.5’C + 15.0’C
Depth:  9.0 m +  9.2 m
Visibility:  1.0 m + 1.0  m
Number of Sharks:  0 + 0
Conditions: Perfect. Flat seas, a light breeze and sunshine.

It was another 9 AM launch for Slashfin and as we headed out to sea we hoped that the white sharks would come visit today. The bay was flat with the sun shining overhead and a light south easterly breeze keeping the temperature cool. We didn't have to wait long before we had a visitor, a large copper shark that curiously swam back and forth in front of the cage as thousands of Cape Cormorants flew by in the distance, with some coming within 10 meters of the boat.

Both of today's trips were blessed with the presence of several copper sharks, ranging in all sizes. There were some very small juveniles that almost looked like they could be a large shark stuffed animal, and there were some very large copper sharks that at a glimpse nearly tricked us into thinking it was a white shark. Unfortunately neither of our trips today got to see white sharks and they've left us wondering where they've gone off to or if they're just being a bit shy. We look forward to seeing what incredible creatures decide to join us tomorrow!

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