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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 31 May 2019 | Shark Diving 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.

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"Amazing beyond incredible, crew was so knowledgeable, I will never forget this thank you" – Devon

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31/05/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whalers, Short tailed Stingray and Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

We started off our morning in the shallows, with some beautifully calm weather. We had copper sharks nice and quick to start this trip off. So our divers got into the cage and up close with these sharks. We had some good activity to start with, but we’d heard rumours of a white shark around so we decided to move our anchor site. While we moved Shaun the shark cruised by us and we set up and waited to see if he would come join us by the cage. We got some stingrays and a couple of copper sharks again as our next group got in, then our patience paid off, and Shaun gave us a mighty show for the end of our trip! At one point we also had a cape fur seal cruising behind him as he checked out what was going on around the boat! All in all a wonderful trip!

Our next trip headed back to the shallows in the hope that the great whites were still hanging around, and within minutes we got ourselves our first great white shark! This was Shaun the shark, a estimated 3.3m male Great White, unfortunately he did not stick around long and we did not see him for the rest of the trip, however this gave the Bronze whalers the chance to shine. We had multiple sightings and near continuous activity for these sharks throughout the entire trip, as shark after shark approached the boat and made some stunningly close passes by the cage and divers within.











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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