• 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 01 August 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"Absolutely amazing experience, once in a lifetime opportunity. Loved it!" - The Higdon Family

"Phenomenal experience. It was so amazing to see White sharks up close in their own envvironment. Wonderful crew and clean boat!" - Bill + Emily

"Brilliant. Had a ball. Friendly staff and would recommend" - Tom


Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Bronze whalers and a Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

A thrilling Thursday out on sea with the sea conditions lessening from earlier on in the week, we experienced a low swell with a slight increasing easterly wind. Due to tides we launched bright and early from Gansbaai harbour, making our way around the point and enjoying the ride as sea birds glided around us. Once in the Shallows and on anchor we did not have long to wait till our first shark appeared and of all White sharks it was Shaun, the much present shark of our Winter season, the 3.3m male was around for much of our trip this morning. This shark was joined by another male, approximately 3.1m in length, a feisty juvenile and a 3.8m female which did not stick around for long but sure made up for her short stay with some jaw-dropping behaviour. We also had brief encounters with the other species of shark we may see, the Bronze whaler and a Cape Fur seal.

Slashfin headed back to sea with the second group of guests for the day and once settled back on anchor saw the sharks appearing quickly yet again. This trip saw Shaun returning, as did the 3.1m and 3.8m female from the earlier trip, however a new addition for the day came in the form of another large female, that was documented for the first time this season just yesterday. With stunning behaviour yesterday, she quickly became a favourite on board and tday was no different with some fast paced manoeuvres around the boat and cage and stunning surface breaks.

Rounding off our day was our third and final trip which saw a family of five visiting from Mexico join us for the afternoon. A quick arrival of the first shark sighting was yet again experienced on this trip, how lucky are we! And even though our start was a little bit slow, the sharks picked up the pace and gave us quite a perfromance! We once again were lucky again to see Clampy and another large female who hung around with us for some time!

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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