• 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 August 2018 | 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.

Guest comment: “Amazing staff and team who were full of smiles – Thank you!!” – Ruth

“No sharks but still a great day! Very knowledgeable staff + super friendly!” – Matt & Kiera

“Well planned and nice ride, crew and equipment!!” – Ben & Grace



Water Temperature: 14.3°C + 15.2°C

Depth: 11.1m + 11.0m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Number of Great Whites: 0 + 1

Conditions: Rolling swell but little to no wind and sunshine

We launched a little later this morning avoiding the rain and headed out into some stunning sunshine. While there was a little swell still coming through that didn’t dampen our mood to try and get close to some great whites this morning. We waited patiently this morning and were joined by lovely mother calf pair just off the back of the boat. They were travelling fairly casually towards the island area. Something we don’t see overly often aboard Slashfin!!! While we waited, we played some cage dive quiz with some of our eager guests onboard but unfortunately it wasn’t to be today. We headed over to the island for a quick check on the seals and a fun ride round and then ack to the harbour for our second trip.

We reached our anchor spot nice and comfortably aboard Slashfin this afternoon, and geared up ready to get sharky. The wait wasn't long with guests spotting a large White shark approaching from behind the boat, it made it's way over to the other side slowly revealing itself to be one of the female Great Whites we had seen last approximately 3 weeks ago. We estimate this animal to be around 4.2m in length and her sheer size was truly valued as she slowly glided by the front of the cage, turned on her side as if glancing up to have a good look at the boat and those on board before disappearing, not to be seen again for the rest of the day.


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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