Surfer Envisions, Launches Electronic Shark Defense System

Surfer Envisions, Launches Electronic Shark Defense System

Few people swim across the Molokai Channel, but a lot more challenge themselves in the Maui Channel and millions more surf, scuba dive and swim along the shorelines from Florida to Western Australia.

While it is easy to get lost in thought in the midst of the ocean’s beauty, everyone wants peace of mind when in areas where there are possibilities of shark encounters.

A low-cost Electronic Shark Defense System (ESDS) has been launched by 3D Innovations. The shark deterrent system was envisioned by Wilson Vinano Jr., a long-time Honolulu surfer and owner of Z to A Innovations, LLC.

The way the ESDS works is similar to the market-leading Shark Shield. The compact 7-ounce (198g) ESDS omits electric waves that interfere with the gel in a shark’s nose and keeps them away from those individuals in the ocean. The ESDS pulses are easily detected by a shark in the vicinity, causing them to stay out of the signal range. The device, whose range is not specifically described by the company, can be attached by a leash to an escort kayak, paddle board or stand-up paddle board for the open water swimmer.

Vinano explains, “From the extreme testing that was conducted, we know this device works and keeps sharks away from the user.”

When the ESDS senses water, it turns on automatically and can last up to 9 hours before recharging.

Which might not get you all the way across the Molokai Channel, but certainly across the Maui Channel.

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Steven Munatones