"It just consumed me" // The world's first proven shark repellant

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

'If it bleeds, it leads" is the old news mantra, and it still applies today because shark stories rate well. It's as simple as that. Yet there's another aspect that's less explored and also less cynical, and I don't know if it applies to all news outlets but it's definitely the case on Swellnet.

That being, the search for a shark deterrent and the exchange of ideas it generates. Rather than merely scaring the wits out of readers, many shark stories provoke an extended comment section exploring initiatives around shark deterrence. Shark Shields™, magnets, intervention by bad-arse Orcas, crypto-wetsuits, or the stench of dead sharks, all have been picked apart by punters and the odd expert visiting our comment sections.

Outside Online have just published a longform article that includes up-to-date research on the issue. Among other things the article details how chemicals taken from dead sharks can succesfully repel sharks, although, and this next bit is important to Aussie surfers, it doesn't (yet) work on Great Whites.

A South African company has synthesized the chemicals which will deter Bull Sharks and Blacktips, the two species responsible for the most attacks in the US. Great whites though, are Lamnidae sharks and fundamentally different to Bulls and Blacktips.

It's worth a read, not just cos it's well-written, but also to get up to speed on all the developing shark deterrent products.

"It just consumed me" - Outside Online.

Comments

simba's picture
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simba commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 5:23pm

Well that was as unconvincing as this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY6U9j3ZVes

simba

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mindsurfearth commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 5:41pm

It just confused me! I am close to buying two shark shields (one for me and one for my partner) but from the tone of this article, he is not satisfied they work. “I have yet to see an anti-shark device that I, somebody who studies sharks and shark attacks, would plop down money for.”

Should I be spending $1200 on two SharkShields? I often hesitate going out on my own around the quiet beaches of NNSW (Pottsville area) and thought the SS could keep us both safe (physically and mentally).

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udo commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 5:47pm

Brand new - Unused Shark Shield $ 325 Ebay.

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ryder commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 5:56pm

yeah but Chilli Wax is supposed to be the best shark repellant

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Simon Hayward commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 7:53pm

this looks interesting... seems to deter them ?!?

https://vimeo.com/231503853

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I focus commented Monday, 4 Sep 2017 at 9:59pm

Was this just a ad for the band device?

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tubeshooter commented Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 at 8:20pm

Sharkscamz ,,
I believe for it to work you will need a splash of Eau de Real Thing, Parfum De Great White.
A few 'shark nerds' hanging out in a commune , listening to rap music and making synthetic substances, is apparently the 'holy grail of sorts for a certain set of ichthyologists and entrepreneurs '.

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toneranger commented Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 at 8:29pm

i got some a chilli wax pack from a relative for my birthday.had a smell,and i'm convinced i'd be basting myself.crystals work well too

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Coaster commented Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 at 9:05pm

A modern take on the snake oil salesman - the shark oil salesman.

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Tom Carroll commented Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 at 9:54pm

Take it how you like it from this proud Shark Shield ambassador - Shark Shield has been proven to deter shark encounter by the most stringent independent studies carried out on Shark Deterrents funded by the West Australian Government. Seek these results yourself by following links at SharkShield.com.
Unfortunately this article is a huge let down form an otherwise great publication whom I understood took their journalists seriously. Obviously not so and yet another sell your product by humans fear of sharks tag. If the journalist was serious about his own research he may have thought to inform readers of who uses shark deterrents on a daily basis to provide an income. South Australian Abalone divers all use Shark Shield Freedom Dive device to protect their cages, they are known to have the most Great White encounters of any other humans on the planet. Then Charles ends his piece with a sad and barely conclusive description of a cage dive experience, describing what I take as a lack of respect for the shark itself by Sharkchemz partner Davis Mersereau who spent "30 seconds in a shark cage before tapping out"...because he couldn't see a shark. Kind-a dumb really

TVC

udo's picture
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udo commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 9:01am

South Oz Ab divers all use Shark Shield Freedom devices to protect there.........Cages ?
kinda dumb really

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Tom Carroll commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 12:52pm

It's by state law that Abalone divers in South Australia have to both use cages and Shark Shield. Talk to the Ab divers yourself, I will assume they know a hell of a lot more about sharks than you or I.

TVC

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Tom Carroll commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 12:52pm

It's by state law that Abalone divers in South Australia have to both use cages and Shark Shield. Talk to the Ab divers yourself, I will assume they know a hell of a lot more about sharks than you or I.

TVC

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udo commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 1:30pm

Where can i read about that Law Tommy ?
Thats the same rule for Cage diving for tourism as well ?

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Simon Hayward commented Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 at 11:28pm

https://youtu.be/02-IZMwPin4

Looks pretty convincing here....

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simba commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 6:56am

That vid posted above is really well done and is the sort of experiment that's almost credible, all they have to do is attract a few hungry Great whites and do the same thing.....surely this cant be that hard to do out around the Neptune Islands and hope fully they will have the same result as above......but why haven't they?

simba

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Tom Carroll commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 7:57am

Standby Simba, may take some time but it will happen. We have already placed a similar decoy's amongst hungry GW at South Neptune Island with strong results which wasn't captured very well for all to witness conclusively. Capturing over and over these results is our mission. Time will tell. I certainly have faith in this product doing its work as the best option available on the market if you want to feel safe. All devices are a seat belt/crash helmet measure.

TVC

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barley commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 8:31am

Lets face it..until someone jumps over the side at neptunes freely and doesnt get eaten then it will be more believable...my mate has a sharkshield in his board and he keeps getting zapped....we reckon they scare away dolphins as well?...and in the usual surf shit talk we were laughing as someone came up with the theory if one person has a sharkshield and others next to him didnt, we would be more susceptible to getting eaten as he would be protected and we arent...so the locals wanted to ban him!!! Poor bugger he felt like a muzzie in america haha

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Tom Carroll commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 12:48pm

Hahaha Barley yeah us Humans, we are so positively gracious and all knowing. Sharks on the other hand...

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udo commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 4:51pm

Tom Carroll
Can you provide the link/ info to it being S.A. law Abalone divers having to use Shark cage and a sharkshield ?

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brownie48 commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 5:23pm

No mention Of Rpela by Surfsafe from WA.

Due to a number of incidents between Byron and the Gong a couple of years ago I researched as much as I could on the web and decided Rpela was the one for me

So I coughed up the coin and put them in my boards as the device is transferable I can swap it between boards without a hassle.

Just feel safer with them, sort of like insurance, put it in my son's board as well

Not trying to sell them, persuade anyone to buy one and I have no investment or association with the company just got sick of feeling uneasy when surfing quiet beaches and I now feel safe even if I am out solo on the far north coast.

Read something about NSW government doing a bunch of tests on all of the products but have not heard of the results, I think there was a senate hearing as well but again have not seen or heard of any results or findings

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tubeshooter commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 5:57pm

I,m pretty sure cages and sharkshields are not compulsory in the South Oz commercial abalone industry.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017 at 7:40pm

Heard about Rpela too.....how do you install it brownie?

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brownie48 commented Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 at 8:07am

I have someone do it as I am useless...unless you get a custom and the shaper wants to do it, otherwise its a retro fit

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 3:32pm

Before man polluted the oceans Orca pods were naturally the ocean's apex predator.
Orca can't breed in polluted water so with man's assistance Sharks ruled the oceans.
More fishing reserves are protected, increases breeding grounds for apex predator.
In turn Orca are now bumping out the Great White Sharks from cleaner reserves.

Pairs of Orcas,Whale,Dolphin & Canine can & do hunt down or even repel shark.
All these larger pack creatures share the gift of ultrasound.

As a team they work to immobilize & drown Shark or to flip access to underside.
One locks onto the Shark whilst the other charges to ram or attack sensitive Liver.
One Orca holds the Shark as other ultrasounds & surgically removes nutritious liver.

Increasingly Great Whites are washed ashore with precise surgical incisions.
Everything seems normal, albeit apart from missing their fatty tasty livers.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7410117/Great-white-shar...

Sharks sense & fear pack animals that can herd & drown to kill so instinctively.
Sharks can't sense or fear lame weaponized humans as being a natural born threat.

A Lone Shark is only frightened by said pack of creatures that can locate it's vitals.
It's only natural that creatures with ultrasound can scare a shark from the lineup.

tbb's low cost (no warranty) Shark Deterrent options.

1)Surf Patrol Trials- deploy 2 dogs to ward off sharks from both beach or Line-up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKkSMKhRnhQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urA7KkDvB1M
Rid sharks + track & retrieve swimmers/drowned bodies not a bad beach combo.

2)Dual Ultrasound shark deterrents fine tuned to pack animal frequency should work.
Based off past Dog Whistle (Underwater) or Old Saltwater dolphin echolocation.
Consider US Marine Parks would have recordings of Orca's signature ultrasound

3)(Synthetic) Orca oil board polish & waxing additive + small well with Drip-valve!
Myth: Sharks smell one drop of blood in Ocean! (1 drop of Orca Oil may clear lineup.)

4) Wash Boardies & Wetties in Dog bath dregs, rank odour will clear out the lineup!
Possibly work to deter sharks as well.

5) Sub sonic speakers blasting out (Flipper / Free Willy / Lassie) Soundtracks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6PqrTZsho0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PG1SFi7hu4 [WARNING-Playlist Ban]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnDRxX3knUw

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 18 Oct 2019 at 8:44pm

Thursday 17th Oct 2019 (Yesterday) Bribie Island Qld. (Shark bumps'n'bites board)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7586871/Teenage-surfer-Riley-Br...

Qld's unusual spate of Shark attacks climbs to 11 since 19th Sept 2018 {rip}
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2018/02/27/factfile-fact...