In the midst of Shark Week, it is hard to not silently dread your next visit to the ocean.
Sharks are deadly predators, but they are not the murderous beasts that we often make them out to be. Shark attacks often arise from the animal's curiosity, territorial instincts, or confusion. While Sharks are not malevolent creatures, safety is still an issue while diving in the ocean.
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Here are five different protective devices on the market you may not have known existed that claim to repel the predators of the deep.
Used by the South African and Australian Navy, as well as NATO, this device impacts the sharks' short range sensors located in their snouts. The Shark Shield sends an electrical wave that causes discomfort to the shark. The product claims to not have any long term effects on sharks, but is said to cause muscle spasms.
Composed of stainless steel, Nylon, "Neptech" materials, and polycarbonate, this full body suit was originally created in 1970 by biologist Jeremiah Sullivan. Chances are, if you watch shark week, you have seen one of these suits.
These tools are used to affect the shark's sense of smell, specifically the olfactory system. By replicating the smell of a dead shark, the repellant is said to drive away predators.
This knife injects a ball of compressed gas into its target and cause the predator to rise to the surface.
This mask supposedly averts sneak shark attacks by simulating eye contact.