• 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 19 December 2018 | Great White Shark Cage 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 comment: “Amazing crew and unforgettable experience! Thank you!” – Lindsay

“Thank you for the amazing experience! Lifetime experience!” – Renato

“Incredible experience with amazing people! Thanks!” – Lizzy


Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 17.7°C + 17.9°C + 18.4°C

Depth: 8.2m + 9.9m + 9m

Visibility: 1m + 1m + 1m

Conditions: Fleeting showers but largely sunny with a bit of wind

Our first trip headed out into the morning sunshine in anticipation to get sharky! All the while a lone southern right whale was cruising just outside the harbour, so a great start to the trip! Back to the sharks though, and we were not to be disappointed, as we anchored up and got our divers in their gear we got sharks around pretty quick. So our divers climbed into the cage, to view the stunning copper sharks from the water. With the visibility remaining pretty good in the bay, our divers got some beautiful sightings. We got lucky again today with some fantastic copper shark activity, and the bonus of the 7 Gill cowshark! This individual glided to the surface and hung out a little bit with our second group of divers and then was on its way again! Nevertheless a beautiful sighting. We got a stingray towards the end of the trip, just as the rain started to come in, and then it was back to shore for our happy group of divers.

The sky cleared up by the time we started our second trip of the day. Once we got to our dive location everyone couldn't wait to get into the water so they jumped into their wetsuits and were ready to go. AS soon as the cage was safely attached to the side of Slashfin, first sharks arrived. Copper sharks, as they usually are lately, were incredibly active and then we again had a treat of a 7 Gill cow shark coming to the surface showing our guests its beautiful silver back. Our youngest diver of the trip was a 6-year-old who bravely climbed into the cage to see the sharks a bit closer. Once everyone enjoyed their time with the sharks we headed back to the harbour.

For our last trip of the day, we took a detour to Dyer Island before heading to our dive site. Our guests on board were thrilled to see so many Cape Fur seals on Geyser rock especially with cute little pups around. Once again our copper sharks did not make us wait long and started circling the boat pretty much as soon as we dropped our anchor at the dive location. We had some amazing shark activity around the boat once again. 

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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