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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 20 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: “Fantastic experience! Hands down the best things I have ever done!!! The info given was so good too!” – Tim & Kate

“Loved it!! Amazing staff and superb organisation, such an awesome day!! Thank you!” – Helen & Jon

“Great experience with great staff!! Certainly puts a different take on the Great White Shark. Amazing!!!” – Sam

20/09/2018

Location:
Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.5°C + 14.7°C + 14.7°C  

Depth: 8.4m + 7.2m + 10.1m

Visibility: 1m + 1m + 1m

Number of Great Whites: 1 + 0 + 0  

Conditions: Wonderfully sunny day with gentle swell

Up bright and early for some sharks this morning! And it did not disappoint through the whole day. As we approached the shallows with the sun climbing in the sky this morning we got a copper shark very quickly around Slashfin. As our divers got ready and into the cage the copper shark was joined by another curios copper! With some nice close passes by the cage we were delighted about the activity. Then out of nowhere little Scarlett cruised out of the murk straight for the bait line. This magnificent 4m female great white shark cruised around Slashfin here and there for around 15 minutes, and then she was off to enjoy the rest of her morning. The copper sharks returned soon after, joined by a stingray and a seal. With 2 southern right whales off in the distance and on the way back into the harbour we were spoiled for choice for wildlife sightings this morning.

Our second trip headed out and also encountered a southern right whale mother calf pair on the way to the shallows, an incredible encounter to see. The little calf curiously spyhopping beside its mother. As we approached the shallows we got ready to get the cage pulled onto the side of the boat and got our divers geared up. Again the copper sharks were out in full force with some very curious ones checking out our divers, much to their pleasure. We also got a cheeky cape fur seal around the boat and a stingray again on this trip!

For our final trip of the day, it appeared we were all about the bronze again! With some stunning activity from the copper sharks, our cage divers were face to face with sharks of superior quality. Its always exciting to see the different behaviours of the different shark species, and the copper sharks seemed eager to demonstrate what they have to offer. As we dove all our cages with sharks this trip we were all a happy group and head back into the harbour for some lovely soup!



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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