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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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Our Conservation Efforts

While we study and research the Great Whites and their natural habitats, we also teach and educate our guests and the local community about ways to look after and cherish nature!

Our Marine Biologists

The Marine Biologists and students who work and study at Marine Dynamics and accompany guests on the boat trips have vast experience and expertise in different fields of marine wildlife.

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Deyer Island Conservation Trust was founded by Wilfred Chivell in 2006 and in partnership with Marine Dynamics conducts invaluable research, conservation and education particularly with regards to the Marine Big 5.

Awards and Commendations

Marine Dynamics aims to practice with utmost concern for the environment and the community. See what the Fair Trade in Tourism Organization had to say about our activities.