• 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 12 May 2019 | White Shark 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 comments: 

"This experience was perfect – completely amazing! Thank you!" – Paige

"Very nice experience. Once in a lifetime. Informative. " – Johan

"Lekker man!! Lekker" – Christo


Sightings: Great White shark, Bronze whalers, Cape fur seal, Short-tail stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

And another stunning day with Marine Dynamics! We launched in the morning with lots of sunshine and calm waters. Even though it got overcast in a matter of minutes as soon as we reached our anchor spot we were compensated with some beautiful sightings. We started off with a couple of Bronze whalers, hanging around our boat until a star of the trip showed up – a White shark, a 3m male, the same shark that we saw yesterday, was very active and stayed with us for a long time. We also were lucky enough to witness a short-tail stingray and a couple of cape fur seal. Playing in front of the cage. Happy and satisfied we came back to the Great White House to enjoy our traditional soup and bread and a special treat for the Mother’s day – homemade cookies.

For our second trip of the day we arrived at our cage and the same male was waiting for us as we attached the cage to the side of the boat. With only a small group on this trip we got everyone geared up into their suits and straight into the cage. We had some awesome visibility this afternoon and calm seas, so our divers got to witness this male in all his beauty. We had som copper sharks coming and going through this trip as well and even a breaching shark mid way through the trip! The great white stuck around for the whole trip which was lucky for everyone on board! With some very happy divers we headed back to the harbour. 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South Africa, 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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