Is Shark Shield The Answer To Shark Attack Prevention?

Shark attacks are a surfer’s worst fear and the only way to actually prevent them is to stay out of the ocean completely. Surfers, kite surfers, swimmers, snorkelers — they’ve all suffered attacks by sharks all around the world.

Photo: Courtesy of Shark Shield

Since that’s not a viable option for ocean lovers, inventors are looking at ways to deter sharks. There are some products on the market, like a wristwatch that sounds like a great white’s only predator, the orca whale, or a wetsuit that messes with a shark’s vision. reported, another option has been streamlined to fit onto a surfboard perfectly, Shark Shield‘s FREEDOM+ Surf.

The company’s electrical shark deterrent is the result of more than 20 years of scientific research by some of the world’s leading experts in sharks including the KwaZulu-Natal Shark Board of South Africa.

The result of these two decades of research and development is the Shark Shield FREEDOM7, the only scientific proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent designed to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter.

In the static test, the product significantly increased the time for sharks to take the bait. Once the device was activated, observers noticed a decrease in interactions within two meters. Throughout the seal decoy tow tests, there were no breaches and only two at-surface interactions when the device was turned on. With the device turned off, there were 16 breaches and 27 surface interactions.

It works by sending an electric current that deters sharks through a power module that is hidden in the board’s stomp pad.

An antenna sticker is put on the bottom of the board in line with the stringer to send the current throughout the surfer’s space. The older version had an antennae that trailed behind the board.

The technology in the FREEDOM+ Surf will be available for purchase in July, for $599.



More On