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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 03 August 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: 

"Very fun day out. Loved seeing white sharks in the wild." - Michael

"Very nice experience. Great to see sharks and also a seal! We also appreciate the organisation making this all possible!" - Nigel & Tom

"Thanks for all! Very good and different experience! " - Matteo & Giulia

03/08/2019

Sightings:  Great White sharks, Bronze Whaler and a Cape Fur seal

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

A bit sleepy but super excited we started our day trying to find ourselves some great white sharks! And just as we got to the dive location and geared up, we got ourselves not one but three different Great Whites, gliding effortlessly through the water. Even though the visits were quite brief, we were incredibly lucky to see those beautiful animals in their natural environment. We hit some quite times and decided to move our anchor spot and try our luck elsewhwhere, which proved to be a wise decision as Shaun came up to our cage and showed the divers how relaxed a shark can be. Once everyone had their chance in the cage we headed to Gansbaai harbour.

With a quick turn around we were back on our way into the Shallows. As we made our way around Danger Point we were lucky enough to briefly see a Humpback whale in the distance as it moved into deeper waters, but onto the main attraction...the sharks! Once on anchor we had a very fast arrival of our first shark, this was a Bronze whaler but within moments of our divers lowering themselves into the cage we had a Great White shark. This was the juvenile female with a bite scar to her head and distinctive notch from the trailing edge of her dorsal fin. Soon after followed the male known as Shaun the shark, another juvenile albit shy and deep, a male approximately 3.1m in length and the show stopper of the day, an estimated 3.5-3.8m female that first showed up in the bay this season on Wednesday. A Cape Fur seal also appeared to not want to miss out on the cage diving and some of our guests enjoyed the view of these marine mammals from the water.














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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