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Afraid of Sharks? This Technology Can Save You from Shark Bites!

by Maureen Blas / Mar 31, 2021 06:54 AM EDT
Afraid of Sharks? This Technology Can Save You from Shark Bites!

Research shows that although shark bites are uncommon, it's still important to find ways how to prevent them. Incidents like this can extremely affect victims and families. One-third of the victims usually suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

Australia is one of the countries recorded with increasing shark bites. According to scientists, using personal electronic deterrents is an efficient method to prevent future deaths and injuries. This can save the lives of up to 1063 Australians across the shorelines in the next 50 years.

Scientists evaluate each person who suffered shark bites from Australia from 1900 to 2020. They created models to figure out the preventive effect of electronic deterrents once worn by users. This will help them foretell the number of shark bites that can be avoided.

Lead author Professor Corey Bradshaw of Flinders University said, "Avoiding death, injury, and trauma from shark bites over the next half-century would be a realistic outcome if people use these personal electronic deterrents whenever they're in the water, and as long as the technology is operating at capacity." 

Regardless of the low possibility of getting bitten by a shark, the increasing number of people who spend time in waters where sharks usually go surges the risk of shark bites to a degree. This strategy relies on many concepts with the largest factors, including the presence of many sharks, shark behavior, shark distribution, people's use of the ocean.

Shark scientist and co-author Associate Professor Charlie Huveneers mentioned that electronic deterrent devices could benefit users. It's important that they should understand the effectiveness of such shark deterrent-devices. Additionally, they should know how much it will minimize the risk of attacks. 

Meanwhile, 75-year-old Gary May had an encounter with a shark in Western Australia. The five-foot-long shark left bite barks on his paddleboard at Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot. The old man reached the shore safely, showing his paddleboard with shark bites at the top and bottom.

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