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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 17 October 2018 | White 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 Comments:

“Had an amazing experience, would highly recommend it to others – something I will never forget. Incredibly professional staff. Thank you!” -Anny

“Absolutely amazing! Really enjoyed the entire experience. Learned so much about sharks and marine life from the staff on the boat. Always wanted to do a shark cage dive, so happy I can finally tick it off my bucket list!” – Orliath

“Was an incredible experience. Staff were extremely helpful and attentive.” - Denise

"AMA-ZING! Will recommend over & over again! Thank you Team!" ~ Nicole & Scarlett

Location: Joubertsdam  

Temperature: 15°C +  15.2°C + 15.2°C

Depth: 7.2m + 8.4m + 7.6m

Visibility: 1m + 0.5m + 1m 

Conditions:  A nice sea day with the wind picking up a little in the afternoon.

We headed out onto a beautiful flat sea towards our dive site this morning. Once we arrived at The Shallows, it wasn't long before the first copper sharks arrived. Our divers got into the cage and were amazed as these sharks passed so close to the cage, they looked into the eyes of these amazing animals. Our divers were soon visited by a short-tailed stingray who slowly appeared out of the murky water and glided past the cage. All of a sudden our divers were surprised by the appearance of Scarletjie, a 4.5m female white shark, who popped up out of the deep, before she disappeared into the murky waters as quick as she appeared. We don't really know how often white sharks need to feed, but we suspect it will have a lot to do with how big they are, and what they have previously eaten. A small shark would be satisfied for quite a while with a small seal, while a bigger white shark would need to eat several seals to become completely full. Two seals came by and dashed around the boat as they hunted for the fish that were attracted to our chum slick. Once all our divers were satisfied with all the sharks, seals and stingrays, we slowly made our way back home.

Trip 2 was an awesome one with us spotting 4 of the Marine Big 5 whilst on anchor. We had some stunning Copper Sharks who stuck with us the entire tour. Every moment that we had out at sea seemed to be jampacked with action and we really could not have asked for a better, tour, with the Coppers giving our divers some serious thrills in the cage as they passed right in front of their faces. As if the sharks were not awesome enough, we also had 2 Cape Fur Seals keeping us company, showing off their agility and catching the Mullet fish right in front of the cage, we thoroughly enjoyed watching these hunts. A Short Tailed Stingray also showed face, coming up and giving a few of our clients an up close encounter as it investigated the bait. whilst some divers where in the cage, we were also treated to the incredible sight of a lone Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, who was travelling through the shallows. There are less than 500 of these beautiful cetaceans left along our coast, so every sighting is a real treasure. We also had a curious Southern Right Whale calf have a look at us, moving only 100m away. After all our divers had had an opportunity to dive with some apex predators, we made our way back into the harbour.

On our third trip we headed out as the wind started to pick up. After short but wet trip, we arrived at our dive site and our guests quickly jumped in the wetsuits. The copper sharks soon arrived and gave our divers quite a show. A southern right whale slowly passed us by, but seemed to be more interested in Slashfin's sister ship Dream Catcher. However, we weren't too bothered, as the copper sharks started to become more and more active. Towards the end of the afternoon we slowly made our way back to dry land, and our guests enjoyed some lovely soup at the Great White House. 


 


White Shark Diving Gansbaai
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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