How do we provide an environment safe from Sharks for recreational surfers and swimmers in WA’s south west? Can Sharks and people co-exist safely?
- Artificial wave pools
- Magnetic shark repelling
- Camouflage wet suits and surf boards
- The Clever Buoy
- Shark Eyes
- Spray shark repellents
- Don’t swim at dusk or dawn.
- Shark shield
- Shark stopper
- Use dorsal the shark app
Gather information about the problem
Humans are unable to completely co-exist safely with sharks at the moment as there are no solutions that don’t affect either humans or sharks negatively or are 100% effective
Consult parents or any experts you know
Craig Anderson (Jett’s uncle) created The Clever Buoy which gives off sonar signals to detect the distinctive movement patterns made by sharks, and transmit a signal to alert lifeguards, who can raise the alarm warning beachgoers and swimmers.
What is causing the problem?
Sharks being apex predators causing their natural instincts to investigate humans when they are swimming because sharks can’t tell the difference between humans and seals.
Why do we need to solve it?
So that people can feel safe in the ocean and prevent shark attacks. We also need to develop a solution that also causes no harm to marine life and lets humans and sharks coexist safely.
Have others tried to solve it? And how?
Lots of companies have come up with different solutions and products to prevent shark attacks and keep people safe from sharks whilst surfing or swimming in the ocean. These include inventions like the Clever Buoy, Shark Eyes, camouflage wet suits and surfboards, Sharkbanz, magnetic and spray shark repellents, apps showing shark sightings and culling.
How is it solved in other countries?
There are a range of shark attack prevention techniques employed to reduce the risk of shark attacks and keep people safe. They include removing sharks by various fishing methods, separating people and sharks, as well as observation, education and various technology-based solutions. E.g. In South Africa the
SharkSafe Barrier successfully bio-mimics the visual effects of a kelp forest, and combines this with a series of permanent magnetic stimuli, to form a barrier that dissuades sharks from passing through. The SharkSafe Barrier can be the first 100% effective eco-friendly technology to protect humans from sharks without harming the marine life.
Can we combine or improve existing solutions?
- permanent magnetic stimuli inside surfboards to repel sharks away from surfers
- shark nets on more beaches around the south west of Australia
Can we combine or improve existing solutions
There are already many solutions that would be able to adapted to WA southwest. Our idea is to start producing similar technology that is in Sharkbanz but integrate it into a surfboard to if is less of a hassle to carry etc.
Our main idea is to adapt the magnetic shark barriers that are being developed in South Africa to the south west of WA. This would provide an area safe from swimmers and surfers with out the interference of a physical shark net for surfers. Unlike physical shark nets this technology could be adapted to be mobile so it could move to where the best surf is everyday making it even more beneficial for surfers.