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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 11 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: 

"That was AMAZING! Definitely an incredible experience that I will never, ever forget! Thank you all for everything" – Mariah

"A day I will remember forever! So much fun, thank you!" – Mollie

"Great staff, great energy and great experience. Top notch!" – Carl

11/06/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

What a FINtastic day!!! We started nice and early today, early enough to catch a beautiful sunrise. As soon as we got to our anchor spot we got copper sharks straight away. They were a little bit shy to begin with but still came really close to the cage letting the divers to see them up close. Just as we were about to get our first divers out of the cage a white shark went for the bait, jumping out of nowhere. It was a beautiful feisty little female at around 2.8m, which we’ve been lucky to have around. As usual she was full of energy jumping out of the water trying to get our decoy.  Once everyone got their chance with her in the water, we headed back to the harbour to pick up the next lucky group.

The day of jawsomeness wasn’t over yet! For our second trip we were joined by wonderful ladies from a lacrosse team all the way from USA. As soon as we got back to our cage, we where greeted by our beautiful male white shark, Shaun. He was quite a change after the female shark as he was much more relaxed, just cruising next to the cage, actually giving a chance for divers to have a good look at him. But just as we had the second cage in our female shark came back giving us quite a show once more! It is always so interesting to see two different sharks in one trip and actually show our guests that all sharks are different and have their own personalities. And as a cherry on top by the end of the trip the copper sharks’ activity picked up significantly, so today we had them all!



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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