• 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 03 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Most incredible experience ever! Amazing staff and wild sharks!" - Kristen

"What an epic adventure with an amazing team!" - Michaela

"Wonderful! Waited my whole life for this experience!" - Regan


Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whaler and Short-tail stingray

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

It was back to sea for the Slashfin crew after two days off the water as the Winter weather continues to hit in patches. We experienced some of these conditions with a bit of swell and wind still lingering however the shark sightings easy made us forget about these things.

The first trip launched a little later today, as conditions started to ease somewhat, and once we had found a suitable place to anchor we started our wait. The anchor changed three times, as our group of guests waited patiently for those big fish to turn up, and it was on our last anchor and within 45 minutes of us being due back onshore that the sharks hit, not one, not two, but three different Great White sharks within moments of each other. The first shark to arrive was Clampy, the estimated 4.5m magnificent female White shark, both stunning everyone with her size but also the active behaviour she exhibits around the boat. Soon after Clampy appeared a male,approximately 3.5m in length made its' presence known, again a very active individual but what was very exciting for us was that it was a new individual to the bay for the season! To round off the trip we had the large feisty female from the past few weeks come on by to join the other two. A big thank you to our guests this morning that were patient and understanding out on sea, we appreciate it and are so happy that we were able to get to show you the Great White sharks.

The second trip of the day launched onto similar wild conditions as the first and once back on anchor the wild activity was on from the beginning as a Bronze whaler cautiously approached the boat but disappeared into the depths not to return for the rest of the trip as the big sharks came to play. This trip saw the same three sharks from earlier on in the day however there were two other additions, two fast and eager juvenile White sharks that we were lucky enough to encounter on Sunday's trips. The sightings we experienced on this trip were stunning with near constant views of the sharks from start to finish of the tour. A Short-tail stingray also joined very briefly, not breaking the waters surface but creating a large, round dark shadow we could follow for a moment.

A day filled with spectacular shark encounters, a day we hope our guests will not forget anytime soon!

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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