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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 23 September 2018 | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

 Guest comment: “Loved the trip. Very nicely structured and a helpful and friendly team. Thank you!" - Felipe + Luise

"Amazing! Thanks so much for everything. Perfect for our honeymoon!" - Melissa + Kyle

"Great Time. Very nice adventure!" - Carmen

23/09/2018

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 15.0°C + 15.2°C + 15.3°C

Depth: 9.8m + 10.1m + 9.5m

Visibility: 0.5m + 0.5m + 0.5m

Number of Great Whites: 1 + 1 + 0

Conditions: Clearing skies with a slight wind and lingering higher swells.

A stunning Spring Sunday out on sea for our three trips today, the first of which set off from Gansbaai harbour early in the morning. With sights set on the Shallows, Slashfin and her crew and passengers made their way around Danger Point and into the bay to settle onto anchor. Within minutes of arriving a Great White shark appeared, a large female, estimated by our team at approximately 4.0m in length, she has been a regular sighting over the last four weeks in which we have nicknamed her Scarletjie, as this sharks markings and scars are similar to one of our well known female White sharks, Scarlett! She didn't stay long but soon after she left a Short-tailed stingray came gliding to the surface and the Copper sharks made an appearance.For the remainder of this trip we had some stunning interactions with the copper sharks, and even a Southern Right Whale mother-calf pair on the way back into the harbour to collect our second group of guests. 

We cruised out to the Shallows again for our second trip, and the copper sharks were on us again within minutes. So we got our first group of divers into the water and face to face with these sharks. Activity was good for about 20 minutes, and then all of a sudden they were gone. And a 4m female great white might have been the reason! This is a new shark for us, with some horizontal scars on her left flank and a rosie on the left side of her dorsal fin. She gave 2 cages some fantastic out of the water activity and some very close passes by the cage. The copper sharks returned in dribs and drabs towards the end of the trip and then a couple of stingrays surfaced. On the way back into the harbour we encountered another mother-calf pair of southern right whales! An excellent trip all round!

The third and final trip of the day launched into some pleasant afternoon conditions as the swell weakened and the sun kept shining. We felt bronzed with all that sunshine around and it appears so did the sharks with nearly constant Copper shark or Bronze Whaler activity throughout this trip. The trip was made up of what appeared to be adult female sharks , a few individuals that appeared to be the feisty ones, made mulitple close passes showcasing their astonishing speed and agility. The Short-tailed stingray also made a visit to the boat this afternoon, gliding gracefully to the surface through the murky waters so we could have a good view of the largest marine based stingray in South Africa.

A truly spectacular day out on sea for the Marine Dynamics team and guests!

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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