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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 18 January 2018 | 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.

Guest comment: “Fabulous day! Staff were great, so helpful throughout the day, very informative and beautiful sharks” – Ron, Sandy & Jenna

“Nice experience very informative, it was great I definitely wasn’t scared at all!”– Anthony & Ellen

“Thank you for a great tour today, we really enjoyed ourselves” – Jennifer, Sofia & Maria

18/01/2018 

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 18.3°C + 18.5°C
Depth: 10.5m + 11.4m
Visibility: 1.0m + 1.0m
Conditions: Cloudy skies with a slight wind but fairly calm sea conditions

With pretty calm conditions out there today although a little gloomy this morning, our spirits were high in anticipation of spotting some sharks in the shallows. After gearing up on our first trip we didn’t have to wait long before one of our copper friends popped up to greet us good morning. This large copper shark has a fresh and pretty significant bite mark around the right hand side of its face, probably from another copper shark! This shark was soon joined by a few more individuals, notably the copper shark that has a snub nose and looks like a bull shark! She was very active around the cage today and our cage divers were super happy getting face to face with these stunning sharks. With sightings of humpback dolphins, swarms of cape cormorants and even a cheeky cape fur seal we were treated to a plethora of wildlife viewing on Slashfin today.



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