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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 07 August 2019 | Great White Shark Diving in South Africa

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: 

"Wonderful! Amazing! Thank you for bringing us out and taking care of us. Highly recommended!" - Daniel & Katie

"Great experience. Great crew! Thanks a lot!" - Marisa & Nacho

"Great experience! Amazing to witness the sharks up close!!" - James

07/08/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

Look out, Slashfin and her crew were back on sea again after a two day break due to winter conditions moving through the area. The crew and guests launched early this morning, arriving on anchor as the sun started to rise and experiencing some choppier conditions as a westerly wind began to gain momentum. The morning proved to be a successful one with the cry of shark heard just short of 30 minutes after arrival, as the first feisty juvenile tried to sneak up on our lines. The first cage got in and we had two different sharks a male (3.1m) and a smaller female. For some time the activity slowed down a little bit but then three other sharks came into the picture gettting us to a total of 5 shark this trip! A larger female and one of our favourite sharks gave us quite  performance showing that sharks feel quite comfortable out of the water as well! A little bit tired but thrilled with our experience we headed back to the harbour to warm up with a bowl of nice hot soup.

 



If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White 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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