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Shark Deterrents At Best 60% Effective According to Study

Shark Deterrents At Best 60% Effective According to Study

October 30, 2018 0 Comments

Shark Deterrents At Best 60% Effective According to Study

Numerous shark deterrents claim to be effective at deterring sharks, however, a recent study shows they are nowhere near as effective as claimed. Out of 5 shark deterrents tested the best performing product was only 60% effective, which is still better than nothing, but far from 100%. 

"Although the Surf+ affected shark behavior and reduced the probability of the bait being touched or taken, this deterrent failed to stop sharks in 40% of the trials (Huveneers et al, 2018)."

To read the full study click the link below:

Huveneers, C., Whitmarsh, S., Thiele, M., Meyer, L., Fox, A., & Bradshaw, C. (2018). Effectiveness of five personal shark-bite deterrents for surfers. PeerJ, 6, e5554. doi:10.7717/peerj.5554

In regards, to shark attack survival Ballas et al, concluded that the best chance of shark attack survival is how fast an actual commercial pre-hospital tourniquet can be applied. The best bet for surfers since they are the most affected demographic is to surf with a tourniquet surfboard leash. 

 

Huveneers, C., Whitmarsh, S., Thiele, M., Meyer, L., Fox, A., & Bradshaw, C. (2018). Effectiveness of five personal shark-bite deterrents for surfers. PeerJ, 6, e5554. doi:10.7717/peerj.5554