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Do Shark Repellents Work?
By Emily Miller Posted in Emerging Tech on June 13, 2018

Trying to avoid being a shark’s next meal? With this shark repellant band, you lower your chances of becoming a snack. The new wearable technology called Sharkbanz uses magnets to overpower a shark’s ability to detect prey. Sharks have electroreceptors that acts as a navigator to detect prey. A magnet in the bracelet targets these receptors. The predators also have a keen sense of detecting bioelectrical fields that animals and humans create when they contract their muscles.

The band has been put through testing and has been proven to protect people against these sharks: bull sharks, hammerheads, lemon sharks, sharp nose sharks, black-tips, and Caribbean reef sharks.

While many people do think the band is effective, a teenager was bitten while wearing the bracelet just off the coast of Florida. There have been many other attempts to create an effective shark repellant and so far, this is the only one that seems slightly successful. While the bracelet may help you avoid a shark attack, I wouldn’t rely on it if you are face to face with a great white.

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