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New Shark Shield From Australian Company

7/10/2002

An Australian company, SeaChange is introducing a new shark repellent device called the Shark Shield™. It generates an electrical field that, it is believed, is detected by the shark through its sensory receptors, known as the Ampullae of Lorenzini, found on the snouts of all predator sharks. Once detected by the sharks' sensors, the field causes muscular spasms that result in the shark being repelled from the area. The field is projected from the unit by two electrodes, which create an elliptical field that surrounds the user.

The Shark Shield™ has been designed for use by Surfers, Body Boarders, Divers, Snorkelers, and Swimmers. Future products are being developed for sailboarding, jet skiing, kayaking, boat protection, and life jackets.

The unit is designed to be worn on the lower leg using the special neoprene pouch provided. The pouch is fitted with a Velcro strap which ensures secure anchoring to the leg. The Shark Shield™ incorporates two electrodes, which project the field from the unit and thus creates an invisible protective shield that surrounds the user. For surfers, the a simple addition of an elastomer leash to be fitted to the antenna and then the surfboard before use.

For more information check out their website at Web site: www.seachangetechnology.com.au.




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