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  • Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa with Marine Dynamics. Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! 

  • The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m. In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m.

  • 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 Crew

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Mawethu Phalamahashe - Chum Handler

Nicknamed Bruce after well-known Bafana Bafana soccer player Bruce Ramogida of the early 90’s, Mawethu Phalamahashe (32) traded his job at a construction site for the open seas a mere three months ago. Bruce and Khwezi were school friends in Umtata and after working in the construction business for a while, Bruce joined the Slashfin crew in August 2011.

Clarence Ngcwembe - Videographer

Clarence is our professional videographer on board Slashfin. He joined Fasttrax Marine in 2005 filming the Marine Big Five™ including Southern Right Whales from on board our very own whale watching vessel the Whale Whisperer. He became a crew member in 2008 and continues to help out with all duties on board including anchor lifting and helping divers with wetsuits.

Alfred - Bait Handler

Alfred was born and raised in the Eastern Cape, where most of his family still resides.

Onno Keller - Past Crew Member

Onno was born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands and moved to Utrecht after high school to study Biology at the University of Utrecht. After graduating with a Bachelor of Biology from the University of Utrecht he decided it was time to go abroad before he would start a Master’s degree in Oceanography at the University of Amsterdam.

Dickie Chivell - All Rounder

You might have seen him on Shark Week doing crazy stunts with Great White Sharks, now learn more about Dickie Chivell behind the scenes.