A company over the weekend introduced its new shark bite repellent anklet at the Boards and Waves Expo in Cocoa Beach.
The anklet, made by Repel Sharks, LLC, is made of a series of magnets and attractive beads that fits like a piece of jewelry, but repels sharks.
“The magnets interfere with the shark’s sensory abilities,” said Bob Millings of Repel Sharks. “The shark’s electrosense, located in its nose, detects the electrical currents produced by the magnetic fields, creating a repellent response.”
The anklet was designed for situations when low visibility and high surf combine, an environment in which sharks have a tendency to bite.
In many shark attacks, particularly on the East Coast of the U.S., the shark will take what scientists call an “investigatory bite.”
In field tests, the magnetic anklet caused curious sharks to turn away quickly after coming into contact with the electromagnetic field radiating from the anklet.
New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County is considered the shark bite capital of the world.
via Company Develops Shark-Repelling Bracelet – Orlando News Story – WKMG Orlando.