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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 22 February 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.

Trip Comment: “Awesome crew, very knowledgeable. Such a great experience!” - Lachlan

“Great trip, interesting informaton and great combination of a tour and ecological aspects!” - Heike + Stevi

“Learnt a lot, had a great time hanging out and got lucky seeing two Copper sharks. Thank you to all crew and staff!” - Richard + Paulette

22/02/2018

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.3°C + 14.2°C
Depth: 9.5m + 8.7m
Visibility: 0.5m + 0.5m
Conditions: Clear skies with little swell and a decreasing east wind.

We started our trip off in almost perfect conditions, small swell and little wind. To our surprise, we had two endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins very close to the vessel.

We were extremely fortunate to see these animals as only around 500 Humpback Dolphins remain making them South Africa’s rarest cetacean. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has catalogued around 30 individuals in recent years that frequent our bay. Unfortunately for these dolphins, they tend to reside in depths of around 20 meters or less which often them in close proximity to human activity, they are often caught in fishing nets or injured by hooks and fishing lines.

The activity was minimal at our first site, but once our anchor spot was repositioned, we managed to lure a very sizeable copper shark to the vessel. Even though the activity was slow, it was worth when our first shark took us all by surprise when it passed the cage. In South Africa, Copper Sharks are most associated with the sardine run, following vast schools of fish up and down our coast. The species is highly sort after by fisherman for meat and fins and their oils can also be used in cosmetics. Due to this, their population is highly vulnerable because of low reproduction and growth rates which can damage the overall health of an ecosystem. 



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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