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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 18 September 2018 | Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

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 time with the sharks. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly!” – Mitch

“Very friendly and professional crew. Awesome to see the copper sharks in action!” – Ryan & Jenna

“Loved the experience! Helpful crew and awesome people!” – Shameega

18/09/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 15.1°C + 15.2°C

Depth: 7.2m + 8.4m

Visibility: 1m + 2m

Number of Great Whites: 0 + 0

Conditions: Scattered showers with a bit of wind and swell clearing in the afternoon

We launched a little later this morning to try and avoid the rain! We got to the shallows and geared up and within minuets we had copper sharks circling around Slashfin. So we got our divers in the water and up close and personal with these magnificent sharks. Their colouration is awesome and you understand where they get their name from! We got some super close passes form some of these sharks much to our divers delight. While we were unable to spot a great white today, we did see a Southern Right Whale from our anchor spot as well as on the way back into the harbour, a nice little bonus towards the end of our trip!

For our second trip the rain caught us a little bit, so we got our divers dressed on land before heading out having missed the worst of the showers, which soon cleared. We secured the cage to the side of the boat and got ready for some sharks. With some data assistance from Breanna, who helped us out with the YSI recordings, collecting information about the temperature and dissolved oxygen content of the water, information that will aid our studies going forward. While we were conducting this research a copper shark popped up by the cage. Cue divers in the cage and getting face to face with the sharks. Even Zach, one of our volunteers braved the waters without a wetsuit to get upclose with these awesome sharks! We got some more stunning activity from these epic sharks, with some very happy divers we were also lucky to see a cape fur seal chowing down on a small puffadder shy shark, how the tables have turned! With happy cage divers we cleaned up, pulled the cage and headed back into the harbour after two stunning shark trips!

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Diving in South Africa, 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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