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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 19 May 2019 | Cage Diving in South Africa

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: 

"Everyone in my group thought it was absolutely amazing! Great staff!" – Live Life Safari

"Extremely riveting experience, this is the closest I’ve been to a shark!" - Ian

"Great trip all round! Very nice staff too!" – Templeton family

19/05/2019

Sightings:
Bronze whaler sharks, Short-tailed Stingrays

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 
Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

We headed out early this morning to beautiful sunrise skies! The sea conditions were calm this morning and we dropped anchor at a spot with nice visibility this morning. As we got our divers geared up the first sharks arrived! These first few sharks were copper sharks and with the beautiful visibility today our divers were able to get a grasp of their beauty underwater. We got some nice activity for all of our cages today with our divers getting some magnificent views of the sharks from the water and on the boat. We were lucky as well to also catch some nice passes from a graceful stingray, and on the way back into the harbour we caught a glimpse of a lone bottlenose dolphin cruising in the bay! A good trip all round!

For our second trip we arrived at our dive site and had copper sharks around us pretty quickly again! So our first group of divers climbed into the cage to get up close with these awesome sharks! With some active sharks out there we managed to get some nice passes from a few of the larger sharks and enjoyed witnessing them in their natural environment. With another group of happy divers we packed up and headed back to the harbour!



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