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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 18 December 2018 | 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:"Best experience yet in South Africa. Would come back" ~  Renal

"On our honeymoon & today was amazing! The crew were fantastic and so were the sharks!!!" ~ Simon + Cara

"One of the best experience of my life. Wonderful service and awesome work guys. Thank you." ~ Ripal and Hidal. 

Location: Joubertsdam

Temperature: 16.2 C + 16.6 C

Depth: 9.5m + 7.7m

Visibility: 2m + 2m

Conditions: Overcast with a bumpy sea. 

There was a layer of overcast cloud as we set out this morning to our dive site in the Shallows. While it was smooth sailing on our way there, once we arrived the swell turned out to be rather bumpy. However, this did not deter the copper sharks which quickly arrived. Our divers were amazed by the activity of these sharks. Soon a Cape fur seal came around to visit as well. Some of our divers saw a short-tailed stingray, the largest stingray species in the world, as well as an infrequent visitor to our waters, the seven-gill shark. With an amazing diversity of species, our divers and guests (even those who were seeing a bit green) had an amazing time on the boat. 

Our second trip today was full of surprises!! With the copper sharks in full force from the get go, the crew spotted the 7 Gill Cowshark again! We had some stunning passes from this graceful shark in the midst of the copper sharks and the cape fur seal. The seven gill cowshark is a very interesting species, sometimes found to be hunting small pinnipeds like the cape fur seals. With a maximum length of just over 3m, they also get to an impressive size. The indivuidaul we spotted today was most lilet around the 1.3-1.5m mark, so most likely a juvenile to sub-adult. It was incredible to see this shark upclose and personal! What a day! With our divers very happy with all the shark activity as well as a short-tailed stingray, we hardly had time to take a break in watching the water today. The overcast weather from this morning seemed to disappear as well with sunshine on the way back into the harbour.

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