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shark diving & viewing
live encounters with great white sharks
white shark photo gallery
great white sharks & the media
great white shark attacks
marine conservation of the great white shark
great white shark - facts & figures
social behaviour of white sharks & reproduction
shark habitat & movement
white shark food & feeding habits
fishing for sharks
shark relatives, living & fossil

Great White Shark
Carcharodon carcharias

White sharks are wild animals and so sightings can't be guaranteed. The high season is from April to September - 99% chance of seeing a great white shark in the waters of Gansbaai, South Africa.

Shark Diving & Shark observing

Gansbaai is now reputed world-wide to be the best place to observe sharks from a boat and for shark diving. Read more...

Live Encounters With Great White Sharks

You're more likely to die from bee stings or a Coke vending machines falling on your head than of a shark attack" I tried to remind myself as I stepped off the side of the boat to share the water with a four and half metre Great White Shark. Read more...

Photos Of Great White Sharks

Feast your eyes on our shark photo gallery - great shots from the boat, as well as the cage. See more...

The Great White Shark & The Media

Thousands are killed in road accidents every year, and dogs kill more people than sharks do. A swimmer has a higher chance of being struck by lightning than killed by a shark. According to Len Compagno of the Shark Research Centre in Cape Town there are only about 100 shark attacks around the world each year, and of these only 20 are fatal. Read more...

Shark Attacks On Humans

Of the over 375 different species of sharks found in the oceans, only about 30 have been reported to ever attack a human. The shark species responsible for most unprovoked attacks on humans are the Great White Shark, Tiger Shark and Bull Shark. Read more...


Overall population estimates for great whites are unknown and even regional and localised estimates are uncertain. White sharks are slow-growing animals with low productivity and are therefore highly vulnerable. Read more...

What Is A Great White Shark?

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, is a very large, fast-swimming predatory fish mostly of cool, coastal waters. Read more...

Social Behaviour Of White Sharks

Great whites are usually solitary animals but are occasionally seen in pairs. Scientists are beginning to understand more about the behavioural interactions between great whites. Read more...

Shark Habitat & Distribution

The great white shark is found mostly in temperate seas throughout the world's oceans. It makes infrequent visits to cold waters and has been recorded off Alaska and Canada. Read more...

Food & Feeding

The white shark is a macropredator, and is active during the daytime. Its most important prey are marine mammals (including, seals, sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins) and fish (including other sharks and rays). Read more...

Fishing For Sharks

Trophy fishing for large sharks is in vogue for decades, seriously so since the 1920s. In former years, avid fishermen caught sharks not only for perceived personal glory (setting records), but also to combat the shark “ menace”, particularly off the USA, Australia and South Africa. Read more...

Relatives, Living & Fossil

The living great white is one of five species classified in the genus Carharodon, but four are extinct. Researchers now believe an ancestral species, Carcharodan landanensis, arose in the Paleocene age (65-57 million years ago) and gave rise to the two lineages at about the same time. Read more...

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