• 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 04 August 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa

Author: Kelly Baker (Biologist)

Guest comments: 

"An amazing experience. Thank you for your passion and explanations and many thanks for taking care of us so well!" - Ariane, Manon + Emilie

"Great trip, amazing staff and overall aweoms experience!" - Kate + Graham

"One of a kind experiecne, something i've always wanted to do!" - Mohammed + Rayyan


Sightings:  Great White Sharks

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Moderate

A bright and early launch which was not so bright as we headed to sea just before sunrise however once on anchor the sky began to lighten just in time for our first shark to appear. We had a couple of juvenile Great White sharks checking us out in the beginning as our first cage of divers also enjoyed checking them out under the water hower as the day progressed in moved the larger individuals as three sub-adults joined us to round out the trip. The morning sightings included two of our well known indivduals, a male nicknamed Shaun, that is currently the longest standing animal currently in the bay, his presene we have been lucky enough to have for close to two months now and Clampy, a female that happens to be the largest shark to be sighted for us this Winter.

Back onto sea for our second trip and for some more shark sightings. The two males from the earlier trip showed up again, with Shaun and the smaller male giving our new guests beautiful views as did one of the juveniles from first trip. A new addition for the day was seen on this trip, a large female, that was first observed for this season on Wednesday of this week. This individual has quickly become a favourite amongst the crew and guests on board who are lucky enough to see her with some stunning behaviour witnessed around the boat recently from this animal.

A fantastic day to end a successful week of Great White shark sightings.

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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