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  • 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 30 June 2019 | Cage Diving in South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

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"Helpful and informative staff. Great day!" - Chris

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30/06/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks and Short-tail stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

The conditions continued to lessen today with the swell and wind decreasing from the past few days as we experienced a pleasant day out on a bright bay. The conditions may have been decreasing to a more favourable level but the shark activity was doing no such thing as we had our first Great White shark sighting very quickly once we were on anchor this morning. The trip started off with a feisty female we have been seeing in the bay for some time now, and she lived up to the description of feisty today with some fast and furious moves around the boat and some very sneaky attempts on our bait lines. Soon after her came the large, clean female that we have been seeing for close to a week now, great to see around, yet not likely to show much of herself as she dips and dives in and out of view. The female White sharks kept coming with a new addition for the day and also a new addition for the season as an estimated 3.0m female made her presence known, distinguished from the others was a very noticable bump to the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. It makes our team very happy to see new individuals coming into the bay however we still enjoy seeing the current regulars as a small female and Clampy, the 4.5m big female of the bay rounded off a fantastic trip.

We launched the second trip just before midday and were back on anchor quickly as was our feisty little female Great White shark that turned up only moments after we had, whilst she was busy cruising around the back of the boat and left side of cage a larger dark shadow came into view around the front of the boat as Shaun the shark made his presence know. This is a male White shark, approximately 3.3m in length, he has been documented on and off in the bay since the start of May, yet we have not seen him around our vessel for close to a week now, a happy afternoon to discover that he is still in the area. If the new addition to the bay this morning was exciting another new White shark was seen again this afternoon, as an approximate 2.8m female appeared, very easy to identifiy amongst all the other juvenile sharks we have seen recently as she is sporting a healed bite mark to her head, what looks like healed entanglement scars around her trunk just behind the 5th gill slit and a very large notch out of the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. This little shark was super inquisitive and make some very close passes by the cage making sure she was taking everything in and making a few attempts on our lines. To round of this stunning afternoon on sea we had our fourth shark appear, the large, clean female from earlier on in the day popped by to say good afternoon to our new guests. A Short-tail stingray also made a hasty move to the surface before deciding perhaps the shark activity was too much for it before disappearing into the depths.

A spectacular Sunday out on sea for the Marine Dynamics team and our guests.













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