Our patented magnetic technology has been successfully tested on a wide variety of predatory shark species (Bull Shark, Blacktip, etc.) including Great Whites, who rely heavily on their electroreception when hunting and navigating. However, Great Whites are also an ambush predator species and are known to attack from far distances at high speeds (when hunting). Sharkbanz can reduce the risk of an investigative Great White encounter, especially when wearing multiple units to increase the deterrent field range, but Sharkbanz can not eliminate the threat. Nothing can.
Shark feeding frenzies occur when multiple sharks are competing for food in a particular area. Many feeding frenzies start near fishing boats, particularly when fishermen pull in fish. These fish are thrashing and perhaps have been injured in their capture, and this attracts sharks. The more sharks that arrive, the more competitive the frenzy can become - depending on the species involved. Sharks rely on a hierarchy of senses, and while their electrical sense can override an individual shark's sense of smell, sight or sound in response to a magnetic deterrent such as Sharkbanz, when sharks are hungry or motivated enough, they may continue to pursue something despite an uncomfortable sensation.
Yes, we have successfully tested this product in the water with live, wild sharks, and we always do so in conjunction with our scientific partners at Shark Defense Technologies who are accredited marine biologists. We practice under the guidelines of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees. For your safety and the well-being of our animal populations, you should not "test" our products on your own. Just as you shouldn't tease a dog, don't entice or provoke sharks, and we do not endorse intentionally swimming with sharks (or hand-feeding them) while using Sharkbanz. Do not bait sharks while using Sharkbanz, and understand the limitations of the product while doing ocean activities such as spearfishing. Our products are intended to help you, but you still need to be smart.
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