• Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa with Marine Dynamics. Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! 

  • The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m. In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m.

  • 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 26 June 2019 | Shark Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Impressive experience, great crew and well organised!"- Teresa

"Amazing! I loved it and will definately recommend!" - Merna

"Special day out, Thank you!" - The Bass Family


Sightings:  Great White Shark and Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

A lovely Wednesday out on sea with a little bit of swell and wind lingering for the entire day but overall a pleasant day to spend on the water. The first trip headed into the Shallows and in time a shark was seen with a Bronze whaler making its' presence known to those on board Slashfin. The Bronze whalers ruled for close to 30 minutes until the larger predatory shark came on in. The first Great White of the day was the feisty little juvenile female that has kept us on our toes for nearly six weeks now as she comes speeding in out of nowhere and has a knack for launching herself up and out of the water with little warning. Another White shark also visited Slashfin this morning, with the large, clean female from yesterdays trip appearing, a new individual to the bay for the season, we are happy to be seeing new Great Whites moving into the bay. This female is a large animal, estimated at 4.0m in length, however exhibits behaviour similar to our small female, with some fast paced action seen around the boat when she is there.

We continued the day with our second trip launching and heading back onto anchor in the Shallows. Things were quite for some time before a shy, juvenile White shark came up to the surface. This little shark appeared quite skittish and would not approach us closely, keeping to the outter reaches of our lines and darting quickly back into the murky depths where we could not see her, however with her arrival two more Great Whites appeared as the feisty female and larger female from first trip both reappeared and gave us some stunning sightings and activity. The Bronze whaler sharks were seen throughout this trip, yet, perhaps due to the White shark activity, they kept their distance and did not stay in view long.

To finish off the day we spent the afternoon enjoying the winter sunshine and some large shark sightings. Activity lessened as the day passed, however we added a new sigthing for the day, as this trip saw Clampy appear, an estimated 4.5m female that has associations with previous studies undertaken in this bay. Clampy was the only sigthing for much of the trip, she was nice enough to visit for the first two cages, whilst only briefly, the moments we could see her were thrilling. Towards the end of the trip and day on sea the 4.0m female returned to bid us farewell as we packed up for the day and made our way back to land.

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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