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  • 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 15 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: 

"At no point during this trip did I feel unsafe or confused. All staff were very professional, efficient, knowledgably and kind. 10/10 great job!!" - Michelle

"We had an amazing time! Lots of sharks and great staff! - Hannah

"Great trip. Got sea sick for a little but the crew was super helpful!" - Kelly

15/05/2019

Sightings:  Bronze whalers and Short-tailed stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

We headed out to the shallows keen to see sharks this morning! As we arrived we got our divers geared up and ready for a morning cage dive session. We got copper sharks quickly this morning with some good activity for our first cage. We got some lovely passes from the sharks and the visibility in the shallows was pretty good this morning! A short tailed stingray cruised up to us for the first cage and glided by our divers very gracefully. Our second group saw some similar activity with the copper sharks, and the stingray stuck around for this cage too! Our final group had some super upclose encounters with some of the sharks, and with a boat full of happy divers we headed back to the harbour.

For our second trip it was back to the shallows on a sunny afternoon! We got sharks pretty quick again on this trip so our divers jumped into the cage to see these awesome animals up close. We got some incredible close passes for our first group, and the activity continued through the trip. We also enountered another stingray, these massive rays had us in awe of their size! This gentle giant surfaced a few times so that we could grab a couple of pictures and then off it went to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. For our final cage we continued to dive with the copper sharks, and while no white sharks today the coppers were incredible! 

 

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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