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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 10 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: 

"Wow what an experience. Staff are great!" - Jess & Andrew  

"Very very good. Coming back fo more :) " - Tony & Anna  

"Great trip, could see the sharks very well!!! Great experience" - Ab 

10/08/2019

Sightings:  Great White Sharks, Albatross, Giant Petrel

Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: Moderate

Visibility: Poor

Today we launched quite early to try and catch our sharks. Once we boarded we headed straight to our anchor spot, our guests quickly geared up and we started to wait. Unfortunately for us sharks did not feel very social in the morning so we had to wait for our great white for quite a while, however while we were waiting we had some great birding time with two Albatrosses gliding by our boat and a giant petrel givingf us a couple circles, When we finaly got our 3m male shark, he was nice enough to stick with us for some time so everyone who wanted to get into the cage had a chance to spend some time in the water with a great white shark.

We launched for our second trip, and as we always say wildlife is unpredictable, as the activity picked up significantly and we had 5 different great whites on this trip! We started off with our beloved Shaun, a 3.3m male who was as usual, very relaxed and perfect for viewer giving slow passes along the cage. We also had three other Great Whites that all were all juveniles that is to say under the 3.0m length. What an incredible trip we were already having but it was about to get even better! Our stunning 4.5m female, called Clampy, came around to greet us, leaving everyone in awe because of her impressive sizes! Once everyone had their shark cage diving experience we headed back to the harbour to enjoy some soup and bread.

The third and final trip of the day launched as we saw an increase in the wind. The sharks did not appear to be upset by the choppier cconditions and we saw some fantastic activity for the afternoon. Both Shaun and Clampy, the bays current longest staying White sharks for the season came to join for the trip with the trip's sightings being rounded off with a feisty juvenile. 















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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