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  • Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa with Marine Dynamics. Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! 

  • The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m. In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m.

  • 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 August 2018 | Great White Shark Cage 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: “Great trip, Much appreciated!” – Norm

“Thank you to the friendly and informative team!” – Kelsey

“Great excursion, made us feel as comfortable as possible” – Justin & Sam

22/08/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.3°C + 14.5°C + 14.5°C

Depth: 8.2m + 7.1m + 9.5m

Visibility: 1m + 1m + 1m

Number of Great Whites: 1 + 0 + 2

Conditions: Slightly windy with a bit of swell but some sunshine

We headed out bright and early ready for some sharks this morning! As we approached the shallows we got our clients geared up and ready to jump in the cage at a moments notice. We had a little wait on our hands this morning and after a while we decided to re-anchor at a shallower spot. The wait continued but we learned a lot about the sharks and the area, on what was a slightly chilly morning, but we kept ourselves warm and spirits up with some lovely hot chocolate. And then all of a sudden out of the depths a small 2m white shark cruised up and passed the bait and decoy line and was on its way again. We got our cage divers in but it seemed this shark didn’t fancy checking our divers out. But we got ourselves a shark, and in these tough times that is what counts!

For our second trip, we went straight back to the shallows to pick up our cage and gear up! While the wind picked up slightly, the sun did come out and we had a nice warm morning on our hands. While we waited we chatted all things shark, but it turned out we were not with luck on this trip. This didn’t stop some of our more enthusiastic divers getting into the water and playing a bit of cage dive quiz! We headed over to the island for a trip to see the seals and shark alley, and were gifted right at the end with a lovely sighting of a lone southern right whale!

On our third trip, we got back and waited for around an hour and were rewarded with a great white shark! With a beautiful slow approach, we were able to track the shark as she made her way up the scent trail at the surface giving us time to get the first cage of divers in and to let every now there was indeed a shark around. This turned out to be the large female shark from yesterdays second trip, approximately 4.2m in length, she made some great passes around us even coming to and breaking the surface. There was also a second shark around, a little smaller in size than our first and quite shy not allowing us a chance to have a good look at her, however due to the white pigmentation on her dorsal fin we were able to distinguish her as a different shark to the other. A successful afternoon at sea.

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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