• 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 02 June 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: 

"Grateful for this amazing experience. Loved learning about the conservation effort. Keep up the great work! Our wildlife need you!" – Silva

"Awesome experience, very grateful for the wonderful staff!" – Mathias

"Thrilling! Great fun! Great experience!" – Jen & Erin


Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whalers and a Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

We launched this morning and headed straight to the shallows in search of some sharks! We got there and the copper sharks turned up quickly so our divers jumped straight into the cage to get up close and personal with these sharks! We had some awesome activity for the first two cages of divers, but then activity started to dip a bit as the wind direction changed. But this seemed like it was for the best as Shaun the great white shark popped up towards the end for our final group of divers! We even had time for a few lucky divers to go again! So we had to be a little patient today but it certainly paid off!

The second trip of the day headed out with a small group of guests eager to set eyes on a shark. Things started off slow with a Bronze whaler appearing but seeming somewhat shy and with its' available so began the patient wait for the divers in the water and others on board. However it paid off as a large dark shadow was spotted cruising just under the waters surface to the front of the boat, as Shaun the shark came closer and closer. The same male from the earlier trip, he spent the rest of our two cages coming and going from view with a few Bronze whalers braving the big Great White shark to make a few quick turns by us throughout the afternoon as well.

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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