• 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 16 November 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, November 16, 2018 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, bronzie, Cape Town, Copper shark, Gansbaai, Kleinbaai, Southern Right Whale, Whale,

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:
"Amazing team, great organisation. Thanks for the experience! Long live sharks!!!" ~ Jenn & Ricky

"Thank you so much! It was an unforgettable experience. We'll recommend Marine Dynamics to all our friends :)" ~ Bianca & Luca 

"Very nice." ~ Alexis, Pascal, Joris

Location: Joubertsdam

Temperature: 17.4°C +  17.6°C + 17.7°C

Depth: 9.7m + 9.9m + 9.2m

Visibility: 0.5m + 0.5m + 0.5m

Conditions: A warm day with a few clouds in the sky with the wind picking up a bit throughout the day.

As soon as we left the harbour this beautiful morning, we passed two Southern Right Whales sunbathing in the warm morning sun. We arrived at our dive site at The Shallows, where we quickly put the cage in the water. Our guests jumped into their wetsuits and entered the cage at the first sight of a shark. We didn't hear any squeals from our divers as they jumped into the cage, as the water temperature was nice and warm. Our guests were thrilled as the copper sharks moved close to the cage showing everyone where they get their name from - their beautiful copper-like colouration. The sharks were nice and active, and once our guests headed home, they left with some wonderful new experiences.

On trip 2, the wind started to pick up a little, as did the temperature of the water. We set out and made our way to the dive site where we got to see the coppers surface almost as soon as we arrived. This prompted us to start getting our divers into the cage , with the sharks hanging around in front, checking out our operation. We got to see varying sizes around the cage today, from a 1m animal to some larger specimens, most of which were all female. Although a little murky, our divers made the best of their time in the cage, with some sharks giving them some up close and personal views. We also got to see a Cape Fur Seal at the front of the boat briefly, but we were so entranced by the sharks that we didn’t pay too much attention to this playful pinniped.

Trip 3 also had a fantastic time on the water, although our sightings did slow down a little towards the end of the tour. The Copper Sharks were cooking and we were treated to the sight of these wonderful animals displaying their lively nature. These animals are inherently curious which is fantastic for all those who venture into the cage, hoping to catch a view of these fish eating predators under the water. On this trip, we also got to see a smaller shark with a tag on its dorsal fin. It is so great to see science in action out on the boats, and we’re hopeful that the tag will provide greater insight into the movement patterns of these impressive creatures. Earlier on in the day, we also got to see the Copper Shark without the dorsal fin. Once all of our divers had seen a shark or two, we picked up our anchor and slowly cruised back to port.

Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa
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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