Have you even been sitting on your surfboard waiting for the next set to roll in and you suddenly realize how vulnerable you are just floating out there? Shark attacks are always in the back of our minds when we paddle out but Sharkbanz aims to quell that fear.
Sharkbanz is a wrist or ankle band that uses magnetic technology to deter certain types of sharks from biting people. Most shark attacks are in murky waters where the shark can’t use its eyes so they rely on their electro-receptors to investigate potential prey. Most of the time sharks get it right but sometimes they get confused and mistake humans for other types of prey.
The Sharkbanz product emits a magnetic wave that disrupts their receptors, similar to a person shining a bright flashlight in your eyes in the dark. It doesn’t harm the shark but it definitely isn’t pleasant so they’ll turn around after getting somewhat close. The band does not use a battery or electricity so it’s safe for us to use in the water and will last longer.
For more information about the types of sharks this works best on and a look into the technology, check out their page on the bands here.