• 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 27 June 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Amazing day! Well organised and friendly team. Will definately recommend!" - Mitch + Ben

"An amazing experience. We appreciated the conservation approach you all take. Thank you!" - Geoff + Karen

"Incredible, I loved everything!" - Nadjaliny


Sightings:  Great White Shark, Bronze whalers and Short-tail stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

The calm before the storm as we enjoyed a day of near perfect conditions on sea as we were met with a flat, glass like bay for our two trips. We launched early this morning and our first group of guests were able to soak up the natural beauty this area has to offer as the bay glowed golden with the light of the rising sun. Once on anchor we were happily surprised by the arrival of a Great White shark only moments after we arrived, as Clampy, the largest female we are currently documenting in the bay came cruising out from under our boat. She continued to be the shark of the trip, with some amazing activity experienced for all the cages we ran this morning. This shark seems to have her moods, with a rather shy animal seen yesterday, today was something else as she made great lunges and approaches on the surface and glided beautifully close by the boat and cage. Towards the end of the trip another White shark appeared briefly, as the estimated 4.0m female that was first spotted in the bay only two days ago came hurtling into sight at the back of the boat. The Short-tail stingrays did show up today however were as much a presence as they have been recently, perhaps due to the active nature of Clampy this morning.

The morning continued with the launch of our second trip as two couples joined us on the water in the search of the Great White shark. We had a White shark sigthing immediately as a juvenile shark cruised under our cage as we were reanchoring however it did not seem to be in the mood to show more of itself and with a brief encounter of a Bronze whaler the choice was made to change anchor site. Settled again and back in the cage we had a little wait before some sharks appeared. The juvenile from earlier on in the trip reappeared as did Clampy and the new female to the bay, making for some lovely viewing for our guests.

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