The highly anticipated release of Modom’s Shark Deterrent Leash, developed in partnership with Sharkbanz has been met with a collective sigh of relief in surfing communities around the world. With shark hysteria hitting its peak in southern California after last week’s attack, the timing couldn’t be better.
Sharkbanz and Modom product developers combined forces with senior marine biologists to develop technology that creates an electromagnetic field around the surfer and interferes with the shark’s senses. Curious sharks patrolling the lineup find the sensation unpleasant and swim on by. The magnetic field extends to 2 metres around an individual surfer, but groups of surfers all wearing the technology can increase its strength.
Sharks have the most powerful electrical sense in the animal kingdom. The Modom Shark Leash Technology disrupts this system by causing a highly unpleasant sensation that turns inquisitive sharks away.
Because the magnetic field emitted from the device drops off quickly, sharks can’t sense it from far away, but once they enter the magnetic field, they are quickly deterred.
The technology has been tested with positive results on most common predatory sharks, including bull, blacktip, oceanic whitetip, small tiger, lemon, caribbean reef, and bonnethead sharks. Great whites are unique though. They are the only shark that acts as an ambush predator, attacking from a long distance at high speed. Unfortunately at the moment, there is no effective way to prevent this type of ambush attack. However, great whites rely heavily on their electromagnetic sense when swimming in open water, and the Modom Shark Leash could effectively deter a great white that’s patrolling the lineup. A modicum of peace of mind…
The Modom Shark leash doesn’t use batteries, requires no charging and doesn’t lose its deterrent powers over time. Plus, the Modom Shark Leash is fully interchangeable, so if you break a cord or need to incorporate a big wave/small wave leash you can swap it out conveniently with a fin key.
All in all a well thought through product and a small price to pay to be able to focus on your surfing rather than what lurks below.