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  • 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 12 January 2018 | Great White Shark 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.

Trip Comments: “Very enjoyable! Great activity! Exciting and safe at same time!” - Rudolf

“Very fun! Enjoyed learning from the Biologist on board!” - Steve

“Lots of fun! Exhilarating to see the sharks up close!” - Nathan

12/01/2018

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 18.7°C + 19.0°C
Depth: 19.2m + 10.4m
Visibility: 1.0m + 1.0m
Conditions: Clear skies, little to no swell and slight wind.

Another stunning day on the water, the beautiful conditions from yesterday had carried on and we had just some small swells and slight winds for the trips onboard Slashfin today! It was a day for the Copper sharks with both trips experiencing the arrival of these sharks very quickly and also consistantly seen throughout the trips. We had multiple individuals around, most between 1.5m – 2.5m length and yet again mostly females with one specific male, quite feisty and around the entire day.

We also had some Short-tailed stingrays join us throughout the morning and afternoon. They, like the Copper sharks, appear to appreciate the warmer side of our temperature range and were happy o glide effortlessly up and down in the water column.

A beautiful Friday out on the sea!



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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