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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 10 November | 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 Comments:
“How cool was that? We had a great time, the crew were very friendly and helpful! The sharks were amazing! Thx you guys.” - Maarten

08/10/2018

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 14.4°C + 14.1°C

Depth: 8.7m + 7.7m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Conditions: A South Easterly wind with very little swell.

This morning we left the harbour a little bit later than usual, but quickly made our way to our dive site, moving across a flat sea. Once we arrived, we dropped the cage in the water, and our divers got into their wetsuits. The copper sharks arrived quickly and the guests were excited to see them in their full beauty. As our guests viewed these beautiful sharks underwater, a Cape fur seal from Geyser Rock visited us, and hung around Slashfin for a while. The clouds started to pass away, and in turned into a beautiful day. Once we headed back we slowly passed a Southern right whale tale-slapping. 

For our second trip we headed back to our dive site once more, but were met with a surprise once we arrived. The whale we saw on our way out during the first trip, was waiting for us next to the cage when we arrived. Our guests were excited as they took some quick photos. Afterwards they jumped into their wetsuits, and immediately the copper sharks arrived. Our divers got into the water and cheers rose from the cage as the copper sharks kept closely passing by our guests. Overall we had an amazing trip, and when we headed back, we passed through a flock of Cape Cormorants passing through the bay.


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