• 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 05 January 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Saturday, January 05, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: bronze whaler, Cage Diving, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, shark, south africa, White Shark,

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: “The team were so friendly. We felt safe and me watching the sharks! Thanks a lot!!” – Miller

“Amazing, Absolutely speechless. Guides were super friendly, very helpful when sick! Such an awesome experience!” – Kyra

“Amazing tour! Good luck and congratulations for all your conservation work!” – Martin



Water Temperature: 17.9°C + 18.3°C + 18.5°C

Depth: 11.1m + 12.0m + 13.1m

Visibility: 2m + 1m + 1m

Conditions:  Overcast to begin the morning, but cleared to a sunny and calm day with gentle swell

Our first trip headed out into a splash of rain and some gloomy skies, but that didn’t deter us in our mission to see sharks. We headed straight to the shallows this morning and got our cage in the water and our divers geared up. With sharks around in minutes, we got our divers in the cage and up close with these fantastic copper sharks! We had a couple of tagged sharks on this trip, which is nice to see that when these sharks are caught by some of the recreational anglers they are being released to continue to live their lives out in the open ocean. We had some great activity throughout this trip, with some of our divers even going in twice for this one as they wanted more from these beautiful and inquisitive sharks!

Our second trip headed out into the warmth of late morning, and as we attached or cage to the side of Slashfin we had sharks cruising around as we geared up. Our divers clambered in and got some wonderful sightings. The copper shark missing a dorsal fin was also spotted on this trip, but the missing fin does not seem to have impacted the sharks movements, with some very feisty activity from this shark. For those readers with a good memory of some of last years copper sharks, it seems we have a similar looking and distinctive shark as last year, the individual with a very flat snout, aptly named Snubnose! With all of our divers experiencing stunning activity we headed back for the next trip!

Our third and final trip of the day enjoyed spectacular sunshine and sharks. The copper sharks appeared eager to please with some lovely early passes by the cage for our first group. With consistent activity our divers enjoyed watching these sharks both from the water as well as from the spectacular viewing platforms onboard Slashfin. With another happy group of divers we headed back to the harbour to enjoy the rest of the afternoon sun

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