• 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 07 February 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Friday, February 08, 2019 |  0 Comment Tags: cage dive, Cape Town, Copper shark, great white, Kleinbaai, 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: “Had a wonderful experience seeing a great white up close! Thank you Marine Dynamics for this amazing experience” – Sunil

“Wow it was amazing! Thanks for that, you are a real fun crew, keep as you are!” – Sebastian

“So amazing! Wish I could do it all over again! Love how much you guys know and love your jobs! Thanks!” – Alissa & Charis



Water Temperature: 13.5°C

Depth: 9.1m

Visibility: 2m

Conditions: Sunny day at sea with calm seas

We launched a little later due to wind in the morning, but by the time we arrived at our anchor spot the wind had died down. As we approached we got our first glimpse of a white shark in the distance, so we got our divers geared straight up and sat in wait. It took us a while on this trip to get a shark, but in the mean time we chatted all the shark facts we could with some enthusiastic shark conservationists on board. As we were chatting though the crew had spotted the unmistakable silhouette of a shark approaching, so our divers clambered in and we waited. And then bam Clubtail arrived! This 4.3m female white shark put on quite a display for our first and second cages, with some stunning activity! And just like that she was gone again. Unfortunately she’d decided that was that for our trip, but we were visited by some gorgeous copper sharks towards the end of the trip for a real bonus!


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