Gauging the threat Great white shark research project:In 2012, we decided to figure out how many white sharks reside in Gansbaai, South Africa. A place also known as the white shark capital of the world.Share: Your browser does not support HTML5 video.The great white shark capital of the worldGreat white sharks are awesome. They’re also a critically endangered species. Which is a shame. Play full video (9:48) The above film consolidates all the key details about this project into a neat(ish) ten minutes. Because watching is easier than reading.