I watched everyone’s favorite summer movie, jaws, again at the weekend. Fortunately, our relationship with sharks has come a long way from what we saw in the movie. We get the facts straight and move away from outdated methods of protection. And the most valuable tool in preventing shark bites is technology.
Shark bites are incredibly rare
Accidents of sharks biting humans are rare. according to international shark attack file137 alleged shark bites occurred last year.
Most of the attacks are related to surfing (51%). 11 Only resulted in death – this less than a third of drowning accidents on American beaches so far this year.
But our approach to shark bites is much more reactive than drowning prevention.
Shark nets and game are outdated
Traditionally, reactions to shark bites involve a heavy-handed approach to execution, such as using Shark Networks. These are submerged walls of nets that hang in the water and are meant to cut down (cull) the sharks.
However, research has found that only 10% of its catch is sharks because they unfortunately hunt dolphins, whales and turtles.
Networking is no longer used in Cape Town, Florida, New Zealand and Hawaii, but Australia is unfortunately still catching up.
But fortunately, there is now an arsenal of technology to help prevent and mitigate the impact of shark bites.
This week he was a beach guard on Long Island bite and die While playing the victim during a training exercise in the ocean. In response, Beach Patrol was published Drones To patrol the local beaches to spot sharks.
But there are also other options like clever blackjack. This autonomous marine observation platform uses sonar technology with advanced pattern recognition software, and detects the various forms of large marine life. This data is transmitted to the rescuers in real time.
Clever Buoy can operate sustainably in open ocean conditions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, independently monitoring marine life and environmental conditions.
Besides drones, they are an important tool in preventing shark bites.
An Australian company has created a wearable device that uses sound to repel sharks.
The Personal Shark Repellent (PSR) emits a patented sound frequency that repels, but does not harm, sharks.
More than ten species of sharks have been expelled in various locations around the world constantly between five and ten metres. It automatically turns on and off via sensors that detect the presence of water.
Also from Australia Sharesweet. The company has created diving suits using fabric that can withstand the bites of live sharks.
The suit is made of high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers. Canvas has a strength-to-weight ratio 50% greater than Kevlar and 8-15 times greater than steel.
The material can withstand the great force of a shark bite.
Moreover, it Keeps only minimal pin size holes Only the most severe bite fits to prevent the catastrophic blood loss and limb loss that causes death in many shark attacks.
It’s worth noting that while there are a lot of great technologies out there (especially in Australia), they get very little media attention globally. The media has always been criticized for being bloodthirsty for “shark attacks“.
Only this week, we also saw I killed two women of shark bites in Egypt’s Red Sea, with news reports including plenty of bloody footage.
This does not help change the cultural conversation about the fear of sharks. Education has a long way to go. Jaws was all about culling sharks, but preventing shark bites today is about respect and conservation.