The Shark Shield keeps swimmers and surfers safe in the water

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Surfers and ocean swimmers all over the world will likely be thrilled to hear about this new electronic shark deterrent, especially in light of recent shark attacks on the East Coast. The Shark Shield was developed by the University of Western Australia’s Ocean Institute and successfully deterred sharks from approaching a “baited test rig” in trial runs. By emitting an electric field, the Shark Shield confuses a shark’s electroreceptive system — a network of receptors in a shark’s head, giving swimmers the chance to high-tail it to dry land.

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