• 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 09 January 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, Marine Dynamics, 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: “Incredible day, never to be forgotten. Inspired and in awe! Thanks to the crew!” – Ruan

“Amazing day with 2 great whites, thanks to all the staff for a great day!” – Kourtney

“Amazing day well organised” – Lukas



Water Temperature: 13.6°C + 16.0°C

Depth: 10.0m + 9m

Visibility: 1m + 0.5m

Conditions:  Overcast and light showers in the morning with sunshine pulling through in the afternoon

While conditions appeared grey and gloomy this morning, this did not deter us as we headed to the shallows. We arrived and got our divers geared up with a couple of copper sharks joining us pretty soon after anchoring up. While activity came and went for our first cage, we decided to shift our anchor and try a new spot. It seemed quiet and then all of a sudden our first Great White Shark of the year appeared!!! This stunning 4m female came in and checked out our decoy line first then gave our divers a stunningly close pass by the cage! As if that excitement wasn’t enough we were joined by our second, that’s right second great white of the year! This shark was a little smaller at 3.6m but showed some particular energy this morning, wowing everyone onboard crew and clients alike. It has been a long wait to get a great white on one of our trips, but the sightings we had on this trip have made the wait worth it!

For our second trip we headed straight back to where we found our white sharks in the morning, and anchored up next to another shark cage diving boat. As our divers jumped up into their wetsuits, the great white shark returned, and our divers quickly jumped into the cage. The great white came around for several passes, even investigating our decoy. Even a curious Copper shark came around and took a look. While activity slowed down a bit towards the end of the trip, it was amazing seeing our favourite visitors again. 

White Shark Diving Gansbaai
If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then White Shark 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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