African penguins are 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 colonies […]

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 orcas started to intermittently visit the bay and began predating on the white sharks, which caused the sharks to flee from the area after the predation […]

 The great white shark is a ‘man-eating monster’. The legendary great white shark is 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 by […]

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 is exceptional for 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. Our volunteer team regularly tags and releases these creatures as part of our research inititiave so we have had the pleasure of getting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

As apex predators, great white sharks are 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 to 3000 individuals or lower. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sharksafe Barrier is an eco-friendly alternative to the shark nets and baited drumlines that prove lethal to a vast and indiscriminate array of marine life. Hundreds of thousands of sharks, dolphins, turtles and other species die after becoming tangled in the strands of nets, or hooked on drum lines. It has been reported that […]

We invite you to the ocean’s weird, ugly and downright horrifying creatures. Some may appear small and somewhat cute, however, don’t let their small physique fool you – most of them deliver powerful and excruciatingly painful bites, or are otherwise just plain ugly. Welcome to nature’s own freak show. (Let’s all appreciate the fact that […]

Sadly, we humans do not treat the animal kingdom with much respect. We pollute the water they live in, we tear down the forests they call home and we poach them for their valuable body parts. The childhood versions of ourselves would not be impressed if they could see how pathetic we have become, endangering […]

When you go shark cage diving in Cape Town or Gansbaai, it’s not only an exhilarating experience, but also an educational one. All too often we tend to view these majestic creatures as rows of razor sharp teeth and not much else, when in reality, they are complex animals that are sadly often misperceived. White […]