Gasbaai beach in South Africa is a place where you are likely to get a close encounter with a great white shark. Named the “Great White Shark Capital of the World” because of the sheer number of sharks found lurking off the coast, this isn’t the place to go for a quick swim!
Sharks are attracted to the area by the colony of 60,000 fur seals living in the small channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.
Marine Dynamics together with their environmental pillar, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, do research on great white sharks in the area. One of their key objectives is to change perceptions so while the great white shark is often thought of as a killer because of movies like Jaws, nothing is further from the truth. While we lose great white sharks every year to man, the sharks are only responsible for an estimated 5 deaths per annum, worldwide. Any attack by a great white shark is generally associated with mistaken identity. We are in their environment and we need to be respectful of that fact.
Tourists can take a trip in these waters and go cage diving with the sharks for a real life close encounter.
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