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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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The Gear

Trying to put on a damp, sticky wetsuit that somebody else recently peeled off his/her body is probably one of the physically hardest and psychologically most unappetising and repulsive things to do. Apart from the mammoth battle to get into it  - it's hard enough when its bone dry!  -  the mere idea of a stranger's body odours and excretions rubbing off on you can be quite revolting.

Marine Dynamics has invested in over 100 wetsuits so that we can guarantee a clean dry wetsuit for every client.  None of our clients wear someone else's skin!  We not only pride ourselves on our pioneering initiatives to combine sustainable eco-friendly marine tourism and adventure with research, education and conservation, but also the superior standard we set and maintain regarding unrivalled quality of service, skills and products.
 

What To Bring With?

  • Most importantly bring your swimsuit/bathing costume.
  • We recommend some warm clothes – even in summer it can get chilly at sea.
  • A camera, sunscreen and a hat/cap in summer or a beanie in winter.
  • We provide a meal on arrival: breakfast or lunch depending on time of trip; snacks on board; and soup and bread on return to land.
  • You will receive a numbered bag with a wetsuit and a clean towel.
  • We provide booties, masks and weight belt.
  • Cash Showers available to freshen up before departing on your next adventure.

* We highly recommend guests who are prone to any kind of motion sickness (or are unsure if they are) to use anti-nausea medication well in advance. Better to be prepared!

Squeaky Clean

All bathroom facilities on the boat and at the offices at the Great White House are spic and span, hygienically clean and boast separate facilities for men and women. Great care is taken that all diving gear - from the 7 mm wetsuits and masks to the booties and towels - is washed in soapy water and dried after it has been used once.

Before the boat launch, all guests are fitted with comfortable inflatable life-jackets which must be worn while travelling to and from the anchor site. Safety is of the utmost importance.  As it can get quite chilly on the boat, guests are also provided with water/windproof jackets in different sizes (from small to extra extra large) if they did not bring their own. A kit containing squeaky clean diving gear for each diver is pre-packed before we set off on foot to the slipway. This includes a wetsuit, hoodie, as well as a clean towel.  Masks, booties and weight belts are supplied to you before entering the cage.
 
Since we provide an early breakfast or lunch prior to the trip, as well as light meals, snacks and drinks on board, guests need only bring their cameras, sunscreen and a hat/cap for sun protection . . . and put on a happy face! The rest is up to us to treat you to an unforgettable experience! Our expert videographer will ensure you have memorable footage (and proof!) of the trip to share back home with friends and family.