Could an Organic Surfboard Wax Really Repel a Shark?

The wax, developed by keen surfer Neil Campbell, will be tested off the coast of Port Lincoln next month, quoted from ABC Australia.

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Neil Campbell will test his shark deterrent wax against great whites next month. Photo: 891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson

It contains a mixture of herbs and spices which give off a pungent scent which he believes could deter sharks from approaching.

He hopes to further develop the wax blend to “take surfers off the menu”.

“I moved to South Australia in June last year and that presented me with the perennial problem for a surfer — sharks,” Mr Campbell said.

Not convinced by electronic and magnetic aids currently on the market, Mr Campbell fell back on a custom he had as a grommet, lathering his board with tea tree oil and muscle creams.

He then began to research natural animal repellents. And that was when Chillax was born.

“It’s simply local bees wax, cold-pressed coconut oil, a bunch of essential oils and spices, the essential herbs and spices came about from me researching a range of repellent combinations across a range of species.” Mr Campbell said.

Clove oil, which has been used to euthanase Port Jackson sharks, is one ingredient.

So too are hot peppers — as Mr Campbell said he believed sharks were olfactory predators, meaning they hunt by scent.

In September, Mr Campbell will be given the opportunity to test his mixture against some of the world’s largest predators.

He will travel to Neptune Island — a seal breeding area where great white sharks up to five metres in length are common — accompanied by Flinders University aquatic researcher Professor Charlie Huveneers and shark dive operator and researcher Andrew Fox.

A board or decoy covered in wax will be placed in the water.

Mr Campbell said they would be able to test the molecular spread of the product and the sharks’ reactions to entering the “infected” zone.

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Source: abc.net.au / Author: Brett Williamson

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