Human beings have come a long way from the days of believing that animals are non-sentient, unintelligent and far below the evolutionary scale of modern man. The deeper we investigate the abundant animal life on our planet, so the perceived gap between the sentience of man and megafauna closes, as we discover that beyond the more →

Since 2017, sensationalist news reports on blood thirsty Orcas feeding on the Livers of Great White Sharks have been doing the rounds on the internet, and social media. So, what is the truth about the Orca vs. Great White Sharks beyond the classic, degenerative symptoms of “broken telephone syndrome” and perpetuating gruesome myths? An interesting …read more →

Great White Shark Threats -In recent years declines in Great White Sharks have been documented. Recent claims that Great White Sharks have disappeared from South Africa due to Orca Whales are inaccurate for two reasons: 1) Great white sharks have only disappeared in the False Bay region and whilst declines in numbers have been documented …read more →

Join us for the volunteer experience of a lifetime. Imagine, getting on a plane and starting your adventure in Gansbaai, South Africa. The Great White Shark capital of the world. Situated towards the tip of the African continent, this scenic, coastal town is located just a few kilometers away from Dyer Island, which is home …read more →

The Gansbaai area offers a huge amount to do, whether you are looking for fun, adventure, nature or leisure. Here are a few fun activities in Gansbaai. Have a shark tagging experience You might be in our region to see Great White Sharks, but our coastline also supports a diversity of smaller sharks. They might …read more →

The chimaera is one of the ocean’s most bizarre and intriguing creatures. These ‘living fossils’ are closely related to rays and sharks, but scientists believe that they branched off from their cousins between 300 and 400 million years ago. Since then, they have evolved in isolation. Chimaeras’ bodies are composed entirely of cartilage, like other …read more →

Interesting Batoid Facts – the Great White Shark’s flatter relatives The Batoidea family is closely related to the shark family and includes rays, skates, guitarfish and sawfish. Like sharks, their skeletons are composed entirely of light, supple cartilage rather than bone. Batoids are typically flattish in shape and are generically referred to ‘flat sharks’. Batoids …read more →

It is early morning out on the water, the ocean a glistening silver-blue. Our boat rises and falls slowly under a gentle swell. We are on a shark tagging trip, hoping to gather data on some of our smaller local shark species. These include Leopard Cat Sharks, with their elegant spots, both Dark and Puffadder …read more →

Sawfish Facts: One of the more bizarre-looking relatives of the great white shark is the sawfish.  Named for the long, saw-like snout (rostrum) that makes up 20 to 28% of its body length. This ‘saw’ is equal in width all the way down and has a rounded tip and sharp, tooth-like spikes on either side. …read more →

The African Penguin is among South Africa’s most charismatic creatures, capturing the hearts of thousands of visitors each year with their endearing ‘tuxedos’, monogamous mating pairs and comical, waddling gait. Previously dubbed Jackass penguins for the braying sound mates use to communicate with one another, these creatures are endemic to southern Africa – found in …read more →

Up until last year, we had an average of approximately 98% white shark sightings on our trips over the course of the year. However, roughly a year ago, two  Orca Whales started to intermittently visit the bay and began predating on the Great White Sharks, which caused the sharks to flee from the area after …read more →

 Great White Sharks are ‘man-eating monsters’. Great White Shark Myths -Legendary Great White Sharks are far more fearsome in our imaginations than in reality.  Although they are sometimes portrayed as man-eaters, these animals are responsible for just five to ten attacks a year on average. According to statistics, humans are more likely to be killed …read more →

Fascinating Facts about Kelp Behind the clear walls of a vast tank in the Two Oceans Aquarium, kelp sways gently from side to side in time with the water. Fish weave placidly through its leathery stems: strange-looking red and white stumpnose, tiny sharks shaped like miniature torpedoes, yellow-barred ‘strepies’ and hefty galjoen. This captivating display …read more →

Gansbaai is the great white shark capital of the world but in the excitement over these charismatic apex predators it is easy to forget about the smaller shark species along our coastline, the are Great White Shark relatives. Our volunteer team regularly tags and releases these creatures as part of our research inititiave so we …read more →

It is that magical time of year again, when our coastal waters are graced not only with the presence of the ocean’s most formidable predators, great white sharks, but also its gentlest giants – whales. These enormous sea mammals are closely related to dolphins and both are part of the cetacean family, of which around …read more →

With the help of exaggerated films and the misconceptions on social media, most people believe that sharks are monsters, obsessed with eating human flesh. If this was the case, there would be a high number of shark attacks each day around the world but the truth is, not all sharks will attack. While sharks are …read more →

Great white sharks were once again sighted in Gansbaai today, after a spate of attacks by orcas sent them relocating to safer waters for almost a month. ‘Our WSCD research vessel had the pleasure of sighting two great white sharks on Wednesday and three sharks yesterday,’ said Mary Rowlinson, a marine biologist and manager of …read more →

Great White Shark Facts: As apex predators, the Great White Shark is vital to the health of our oceans. They control the food chain from the top down, feeding on the weakest specimens first and keeping the marine ecosystem in balance. Numbers of great whites around the world are extremely low – an estimated 2000 …read more →

South Africa’s Great White Shark population could face imminent extinction, say researchers. A five-year study has revealed that only between 353 and 522 Great White Sharks (GWS) are still in existence along the SA coastline – and that the population could be facing extinction if nothing is done to ensure their survival. The study, which …read more →

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime… View the majestic great white shark in its natural habitat with White Shark Diving Company. Our daily boat tours offer you the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the most feared and mysterious ocean predators on the planet – the great white shark. …read more →

Photographic identification In recent years, researchers have stepped up the focus on the identification and tracking of great white sharks in an effort to find out more about these enigmatic ocean predators. To date, there have been three main channels to achieve this – tagging, DNA testing and dorsal fin identification. Dorsal fin identification, in …read more →

Genetic Research: DNA Sampling Program Genetic techniques are a relatively new way to study great white sharks and are very cost effective. In 2000, a joint Australian/South African programme was started to compare DNA of sharks between the continents, with the aim of establishing whether the same sharks migrate between the two. The Department of …read more →

White Shark Diving Company (WSDC) is more than just a cage diving company. We are passionately committed to the protection of great white sharks, and actively involved in several conservation and community upliftment initiatives. Along with our support of the Sharksafe Barrier, we pay it forward by being socially responsible in the local community. WSDC …read more →