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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 15 May 2018 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest Comments: "What an incredible day! We saw tons of Coppers and a coupple of Great Whites. I will be smiling from the memories for a long time. Thanks!" - Monica

"Thanks for a great trip. It was great to see all the sharks but I really liked all the information that was given to us on board!" - Megan

"Thank you for a lovely day. Highly informative and fun!" - Jeannette

15/05/2018

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.4°C
Depth: 9.7m
Visibility: 1.0m
Number of White sharks: 2
Conditions: Clear skies with a fresh breeze and slight swell.

It was a later start for the team here at Marine Dynamics with our guests coming through to Gansbaai for a launch at 11:30am. We made our way to the Island in the hope that we would have some White shark action around our Winter diving spot however after an hour and a half with no glimpse of a shark we decided on an anchor and site change and went into the Shallows. Once back inshore we had multiple Bronze Whalers visiting the boat and out of nowhere one of the little White sharks appeared cruising in from the back of the boat making a pass by the left side of the cage and disappearing into the depths. The Bronze Whalers then made a come back before we had our second White shark of the afternoon appear during our last cage, another juvenile, a little larger in size and one that we have encountered over the last week or so with some distinctive markings on the dorsal fin. The Short-tailed stingray paid us a visit at the end of the trip, silently gliding in and out of view.

A big thank you to our guests on board for their patience today, it is highly appreciated and we are so glad that in the end we were able to show you some sharks.



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