Shark Deterrent creates ‘virtual network’ around swimmers and surfers – CBS Boston
WELLFLEET (CBS) – Just this week, a shark was seen at Duxbury Beach, forcing people out of the water. From flags and signs to alerts on your phone, if you hit the beach this summer, you’ll know if a shark has been spotted. Numerous sightings over the years have put beachgoers at risk for entering the water. However, there is a new electric shark deterrent that can allow humans and sharks to coexist in the ocean.
“We really want to encourage people to be safe in and out of the water,” says Olaf Valli, owner and president of SICKDAY Surf Shop.
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Valli has felt the impact on his business from recent shark sightings over the years, but there is one product that has grown in popularity.
“I put Shark Shield on my boards… why not reduce the risk if you can… you should,” Valli said.
It’s a technology that many local surfers use to ward off sharks.
“The Ocean Guardian Shark Shield, this system works from an electrical impulse, which interferes with the sensory organ of sharks’ noses, and it’s very effective,” says Valli.
A sticker like a decal is placed at the bottom of a surfboard. It has two electrodes connected to a power supply on the opposite side. When activated, a three-dimensional protective electric field is produced underwater repelling sharks.
SICKDAY Surf Shop’s personal shark deterrent in Wellfleet is flying off the shelves and the company that makes it has even bigger plans for Cape Cod.
“We actually have a newer product, which is currently the subject of a lot of discussion on Cape Cod, the beach fence, so it’s a larger scale product that can protect people going into the water.” , Amanda Wilson, Executive Director of Guardian of the Ocean Explain.
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The Beach Barrier comes after decades of success thanks to the company’s technology used by divers, surfers, fishermen and boaters.
“So it’s basically the same thing but a larger scale product. So we use the electricity from the earth, so it’s just a big cable with antennas falling into the water, and we create a virtual net, which sharks can’t penetrate, ”Wilson explains.
This virtual net is designed to replace physical drumlines and nets, without impacting the ocean ecosystem.
“So the advantage of our technology is that it doesn’t cause that damage, we’re not going to kill turtles or whales or anything that could potentially get caught in a net.” , explains Wilson.
All while reducing the risk of crossing a shark in the water.
“Because everyone wants to go out and play their favorite sport, but they don’t want to worry about sharks… because there are sharks, you can’t get away from them in Cape Town,” Wilson explains.
Studies still need to be done to determine how well this type of shark deterrent will work in the water off our coasts, but Ocean Guardian says there are no known harmful effects on sharks or fish. humans.
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For more information on Ocean Guardian and their products, visit ocean-guardian.com.