Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

(CNN/ Bay News 9) - If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.

When you plan your day at the beach, the only things on your mind may be the sand and the water.  But if you're like Chad Campbell and plan to dive a little bit deeper, Great White Sharks may also be on your mind.

"[The sharks] might come in but just close enough to where you could see them, then go away and stay on the outer perimeter of us," said Chad Campbell of Suncoast Dive Shop.

That's because of this device from an Australian based company -- "Shark Shield."  For the first time ever, users can buy it from it's first U.S. store in Tampa Bay.  "You wear [Shark Shield] on your ankle and this antenna trails behind you in the water and inside the antenna we've got two electrodes," said Shark Shield GM Amanda Wilson.

The electrodes create an underwater electric field. When a shark comes close to someone wearing the shark shield, the device causes spasms and keeps the sharks away.

"It doesn't cause any long-term damage, it just causes the muscular contraction of their snout," said Wilson. "As soon as they're outside of the field, that spasm stops."

That's good news for water lovers like Chad.  He says he and other divers have had far too many close encounters with sharks without the device, but now they feel safer diving to new depths.  "Well it definitely worked and I'm not getting in the water without it anymore for a safety precaution," says Chad.

Shark Shield comes in three variations, with prices starting at $599.


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