• 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 14 September 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, September 14, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: Boat tour, bronze whaler, Cage Diving, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Marine Dynamics, shark, White Shark,

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: “Awesome tour! Guides were friendly and informative!!” – Morgan & Whitney

“A birthday well spent!! Thanks for the adventure!!” – Anamaria

“Super cool adventure! I feel luck to have seen 2 sharks so close. Friendly crew! Thanks!” – Gianna



Water Temperature: 14.7°C + 14.8°C  

Depth: 8.4m + 7.2m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Number of Great Whites: 1 + 0  

Conditions: A bit of swell and wind but a sunny day

After a couple of days off the water due to bad weather we were back at it again today! We launched into some lovely sunshine mid-morning today and headed out the shallows. We got our divers geared up and ready to get face to face to some of the ocean’s top predators. We got a shark pretty quick on this trip, a 2m bronze whaler or copper shark. This shark was in a rather curious mood getting very up close with our first group of divers. After a quiet period, we understood why as we spotted a white shark lurking beneath the waves. She came up under the cage to check out the decoy line and gave the same group of divers a stunning pass. We rotated our divers and waited again to see if she would come up again. This particular shark was the 4m female little Scarlett with the distinctive tail fin. Our divers waited a little bit for her to pop back up again but it was definitely worth the wait with a stunning slow pass by the cage. We got some more activity from the copper shark towards the end of the trip, and then we headed back to the harbour for our second trip.

With the sun still high in the sky we got to our anchor site for our second trip full of hope. With the copper shark back around the boat pretty quickly on this trip, we got a dose of some shark action, but we were still keen to get our eyes on a great white. The copper sharks seemed eager to please though with some fantastic action from a couple of sizable sharks around Slashfin. While we were unable to get a great white on this trip, we had a wonderful sighting of a southern right whale on the way back into the harbour. 

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