Shark attacks may be rare, but new gadgets could make them even less likely to occur.
Researchers found in a recent study that a surfboard-mounted shark deterrent device has been found to reduce the likelihood of bite by 66%. The Rpela V2 produces an electric field around the surfer that overwhelms the shark’s electro-reception organs, which they use to navigate and assess their surroundings. It’s part of the growing field of anti-shark tech.
“There are a lot of things being developed to mitigate shark interactions by detecting sharks in an area where people may be swimming, such as drones, SMART drumlines, acoustic monitoring systems, and helicopters,” Shark expert James Sulikowski told Lifewire in an email interview.