• 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 17 January 2018 | Great White Shark 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:

“Just amazing experience! I will never forget and will recommend to other people.” – Kell

“Thank you for this lovely chance! You are a great team doing beautiful work.” - Lotte

“I kissed a shark and I loved it! Thank you!” - Trevor


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.8’C + 16.6’C
Depth: 9.0 m + 9.2 m
Visibility: 0.5 m + 0.5 m
Conditions: Little to no swell, clouds overhead, and wind.

With clouds lingering overhead and the sun occasionally peeking out, Slashfin launched in hopes of finding our sharky friends. As always, we hoped that the white sharks would be around, but it appears that they’re still being a bit elusive, not appearing at any of the boats in the bay. We were lucky to be blessed with the presence of several of our new friends, the copper sharks. There was a nice range in sizes, with the smallest being just about a meter long and the largest at about 3 meters long. They didn’t take long to show up and stuck with us throughout the day, giving everyone on board and in the cage some beautiful views of their sleek copper colored bodies. We also had a large short-tailed stingray appear in front of the cage a handful of times on our first trip, amazing everyone with its large wing span and acrobatic maneuvers; and also a huge flock of Cape Cormorants leaving Dyer Island for the day in their hunt for fish. It was another great day onboard Slashfin thanks to the diverse wildlife that can be found in our bay!

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