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New wristband could deter sharks

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A new device is claiming to help keep swimmers, surfers and boaters safe while in ocean waters.

The company Sharbanz states on its website that the band was created out of a unifying fear of shark attacks.

The band can be attached to your wrist or ankle and uses patented magnetic technology to deter sharks from attacking people. The company claims as a shark approaches a person wearing a Sharkbanz, magnetic waves coming from the band disrupt the animal's electro-receptors and it quickly turns away. 

The experience for the shark is, “like a person suddenly shining a very bright light in your eyes in a dark room, and it's not pleasant”, according to chemist Dr. Eric Stroud.

Although attacks are never 100% preventable, the company responds by stating the technology has been tested extensively on over ten of the most common predatory shark species, which are responsible for the majority of 'hit and run' attacks. 

"Sharkbanz are not designed to prevent sharks from eating visible bait," the company's website states. "They have a hierarchy of senses and can override the electrical sense in the event that visible bait is present. Again, Sharkbanz are meant to deter curious sharks from biting a person while in investigative mode, not prevent them from eating bloody fish bait."

The specialized bands come in three colors and are $65. 

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