• 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 13 May 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Amazing experience and a wealth of education! The hospitality and experience were top notch!" - Lars

"Everything about totally was AMAZING! Thank you for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime!" - Meredith

"A wonderful experience with a professional team throughout. Can't believe we saw a Great White!" - Desmond + Angelina


Sightings: Great White shark, Bronze whalers, Short-tailed stingray and Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

What a way to start a new week. The conditions on sea saw a slight swell and wind and clearing cloud cover leading to a pleasant day on sea. The first trip of the day saw the Bronze whalers appear in no time as they made their way into sight and kept our first cage of divers busy ducking under the water for some up close and personal views. During our second cage we decided to make an anchor move after word had reached us of a possible Great White shark sighting, and within moments the telltale dark shadow of the White shark was spotted, slowly cruising deep before approaching the surface at the back of the boat. This was the male we have been seeing for the previous two days, estimated at approximately 3.4m in length he stuck around for the rest of the trip whilst the Bronze whalers, Short-tailed stingray and Cape Fur seal were still around to play.

Back into the bay again for our second trip of the day, the team and new group of guests picked up from where our first trip left with the Bronze whalers appearing quickly and the Short-tailed stingray not far behind. To continue with such a great day we also had the male Great White shark come back for a visit. This shark, over the last few days has shown us some amazing behaviour with some graceful gliding on the surface to some fast paced, exciting approaches from the deep. Before the group headed back to land the Cape Fur seal made its' presence known again giving the boat a send off back to the harbour.

Sharks, Seals and Stingrays for both trips or what we like to call it amongst the team a successful "Triple S diving" day!

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