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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 15 July 2019 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)
Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.

Guest comments: 

"The crew's love and respect for the sharks was obvious. Thank you! So amazing to see sharks up close" - Kerstin

"What a fantastic experience. We love seeing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat" - James & Jenny

"Wonderful day with the sharks. Staff were great and the food was delicious! Awesome experience" - Jen & Justin

15/07/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

What an incredible way to start a day! Even though we were very early birds today, we most certainly got "the worm", SIX of them to be exact, and by worms i mean Great White Sharks. The first shark that we saw after a couple of minutes of waiting was a 2.8m female, who cruised very slowly passed the cage, giving us a chance to have a good look. Then other two juvenile sharks came around being very nice and relaxed. And just as we thought our trip couldn't get any better Shaun the shark came to the boat, making his usual deep passes along the cage. As we were a small group of people there wasn't much changing happening inside of the cage, unlike outside of it where different white sharks came one after another. Just as we were about to make a decision to go visit Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to check out the seal colony, Clampy, a large female shark came out of nowhere showing all her power and impressive size! Once everyone was happy with the shark sightings, we headed to Dyer Island. 

As the day progressed Slashfin was ready for its second trip. We made our way to the Shallows, to embrace our shark cage diving fun! Once again we had an amazing trip full of white shark activity. We started off with Shaun cruizing along the cage and doing sneaky attacks on our lines. Then a juvenile 2.5m female came for a couple of passes showing off her battle scars. But the star of this trip was definitely a 4.5m female named Clampy, who couldn't get enough of us and kept coming back for our baits passing by really close to the cage. And then once again we were joined by two smaller sharks, coming from both sides of the cage. All in all a very special and eventful trip!

We spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and sharks on our third and final trip of the day. The shark appeared quickly with the juvenile female with the bite scar on her head and notch to the trailing edge of the dorsal fin being the first on site. Soon after her came the big sharks as Shaun, the 3.3m male, joined us again making it three out of three trips for this magnificent shark, as well as the big and beautiful Clampy who made some lovely passes by the boat and cage. The Cape Fur seal was back this afternoon and our guests were enthralled by the sight of the seal so close to the sharks.















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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