Shark Shield is the worlds only proven shark deterrent solution. In the early 1990′s scientists from the Natal Sharks Board of South Africa discovered a unique electronic wave-form that deterred sharks. The Natal Shark Board is considered one of the world’s leading research organizations on predator sharks. After many years of research, this technology was developed and incorporated into a product known at the time as the Shark POD.
Predatory sharks have small gel filled sacs knows as ‘Ampullae of Lorenzini’ on their snouts. They use these short range sensors when feeding or searching for food at close range. The Shark POD creates a three-dimensional electrical wave form which creates a very unpleasant sensation impacting the shark’s ‘Ampullae of Lorenzini’.
When the shark comes into proximity of the electrical wave form (around 3-4 meters in diameter) it experiences non-damaging but uncontrollable muscular spasms causing it to flee the area
The Shark POD proved to be very successful at deterring sharks, however like many new technology innovations it was bulky, heavy and expensive. After a number of years of innovative research, including the filing of numerous patents, the first Shark Shield product range was launched for divers in April 2002.
Over the years we have continued to innovate and expand the Shark Shield product range and we now have products to suit most ocean users including surfing, long boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving, ocean swimming, kayaking, boating and fishing. Like most innovative technology company’s we have many more new products under development, including large arrays to protect aquaculture farms and beaches barrier solutions.
For more than 30 years Edi Frommenwiler, owner of one of the very first liveaboards sailing around Indonesia, has been diving, filming and documenting the marine life at world famous dive locations like Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Komodo and Alor.
The winners of the Third Annual Underwater Tour Awards have been announced. The prestigious annual international competition encourages and inspires passion for photography, exploration and discovery from behind the lens and helps raise awareness of the world’s incredible, fragile marine and aquatic inhabitants and their environments. For the first time the Underwater Tour Awards partnered with environmental education and action organisation, Take 3, and introduced a new novice category, The Take 3 for the Sea Contest. Proceeds from registration fees and additional donations were given to Take 3.