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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 11 September 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: “Had so much fun seeing sharks, fish, birds and seals! Even a few whales as well!!” – Emily

“Had an amazing time, extremely well organised and knowledgeable and friendly staff” – Kayla & Emily

“Really friendly staff & well organised, great experience!” – Emily & Ben

11/09/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.4°C + 14.5°C + 14.5°C

Depth: 7.0m + 8.4m + 7.2m

Visibility: 1.0m + 1.0m + 1.0m

Number of Great Whites: 0 + 1 + 0

Conditions: Warm and sunny day with calm seas

We launched bright and early this morning on our mission to find the sharks. We got to the shallows anchored up and got our guests into their wetsuits. We got a shark pretty quickly on this trip, and lots of excitement as we had a copper shark that was keen to play this morning. We got our first group of divers in and they got some fantastic clos passes by this 2.5m copper shark. Through the rest of the trip we had another shark join us at close to 2.8m, again another copper shark, but beautiful still. We also had a Cape Gannet diving for some of the mullet this morning, and while we didn’t get a white shark, we did encounter a lovely mother calf pair of southern right whales on the way back to Gansbaai harbour due to the low tide in Kleinbaai.

For our second trip we launched out of Gansbaai and encountered more southern right whales on our way around Danger Point. A great start to the trip, and it didn't take us long to get a shark on this trip either. With the copper sharks eager to please, we got some nice activity from 3 different sharks on this trip including a feisty but sneaky male content on surprising us from deep and then out of nowhere a Great White appeared! This shark was the 4m female known to us know as little Scarlett, with very similar scars and a tail cut like our iconic shark Scarlett! She gave our second group of cage divers a lovely close pass by the cage and made some stunning approaches on the bait and decoy line allowing all onboard a chance to see the largest predatory shark to currently roam the oceans. With some very happy divers indeed we headed back to the harbour to collect our third group of guests for the day.

We got to the shallows this afternoon in stunning sunshine, and again the first shark to the boat was a copper shark. We got some nice passes from this shark and got our divers in the cage. The copper sharks were alittle on the shy side this afternoon but our guests still braved the chilly Atlantic waters to give shark cage diving a go. It was not only the sharks that came to say hello this afternoon but a Short-tailed stingray, the largest marine based stingray in South Africa, came into view at the surface a few times. Before heading back to land we made a trip out to the Islands to have a closer look at the Cape Fur seal colony on Geyser Rock, this afternoon these pinnipeds appeared relaxed and happy in the waters of Shark Alley and we were able to see them frolicking around in the sea nice and close!



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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