• 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 13 January 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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: “Incredible experience!” - Christina

“Beautiful animals and beautiful day!” - Jessica

“Greatest day ever!” - Rachel


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 19.5°C + 19.7°C
Depth: 10.0m + 9.8m
Visibility: 0.5m – 1.0m
Conditions: Clear skies, little to no swell and slight wind.

Another beautiful one out on the water, flat seas and very slight winds with the sun shining down on us all day.

The Copper sharks appeared to be enjoying the nice weather as much as we were today with a number of sharks visiting the boat throughout our two trips. Some were animals we have come to recognise, one in particular, a male that has been around for the last few days with some scratches to his snout and under the dorsal fin and a small one that is very interesting to see amongst all the larger ones but a tad on the shy side and does not stick around.

We also encountered the Short-tailed stingrays again today, like yesterday, the water was at a temperature that this species of elasmobranch seem to enjoy, the higher side of the range. Two Short-tailed stingrays appeared on both trips, content on chasing each other around and every now and again approaching the surface and brasking it so we all had a brilliant view of one of the largest marine-based stingrays in the world.

Another bright day out on Slashfin.

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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