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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 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Fantastic experience with a great crew. Absolutely loved it and the sharks!" - Serraro + Huber Family

"Slick and professional with a once in a lifetime experience. 10/10!" - Scott + Janine

"Such an amazing expereince and a great organisation. You all do a great job!" - Ken

11/07/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks and Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

The bay looked a little dreary this mornng as we launched with overcast skies however the clouds soon cleared and the swell and wind stayed low for much of the morning before picking up towards the end of the day. The shark activity was anything but bleak with both Great White sharks and Bronze whalers seen continuously throughout the day. We started off the morning with two juvenile White sharks, feisty and fast-paced, they made quick moves around the boat before disappearing to make way for the bigger sharks. There were three of those for this trip with Shaun, the 3.3m male calming cruising in as he usually does with some seriously chilled behaviour, deep passes and sneak approaches from the 3.8m female and close and personal circling from the estimated 3.1m male that was first seen for the season recently. The Bronze whalers held their turf this time with multiple occassions when both species of shark could be seen, however like usual, the larger predatory shark that is the White shark seemed to continue to get the right of way. A fantastic start to the day, could it continue?

Back on sea as the day progressed, we encounter sharks as our guests were enjoying the dance that is donning a wetsuit! The Great White sharks and Bronze whalers turned up within moments of each other and we saw nearly continuous activity from either of the species for the entire afternoon. Three of the White sharks from earlier on in the day rejoined us for the afternoon, that was one of the juveniles, Shaun and the 3.8m female that proceeded to give us not one but two spectacular approaches on the decoy line, such a surprise that many of us didn't even have time to lift our cameras and snap the moment but atleast it will stay in our memories. A new addition joined for the day on this second trip, a juvenile female with a bite scar on her head and distinctive notch on the dorsal fin, rounding our day off successfully.















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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