• 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 08 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: 

"Amazing! Crew accomodated us all very well - very positive experience!" - Margaret + Chapman 

"Incredible experience and fantastic crew! Many many thanks" - Isobel + Salvador 

"Phenomenal job by everyone and we got to see so many sharks! Staff was so accomodating!" - Chris


Sightings:  Great White Sharks and Bronze whalers

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

We started nice and late today, it was a little rainy before the trip so we geared up on land and were all ready for our shark cage diving experience once we got to the Shallows. The first sharks that we got were very feisty Bronze whalers who kept coming to the cage, giving our divers a great opportunity to have a nice and close look at them. As the second cage got in, we got ourselves a first great white shark of the day, an estimated 3.0m male that came by a few times before our second White shark made a grand appearance and took over the show! A 2.5m female, with identifiable markings of a bite scar on her head and notch out of the dorsal fin, she has been documented in the bay fequently over the last four weeks and today she was giving us quite a performance. Another JAWSome day for Slashfin and its guests.

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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