4 High-Tech Shark Repellents to Help You Avoid Your Own Personal ‘Jaws’ Moment

With Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week behind us, you’re no doubt inspired or terrified of all things shark-related. If it’s a mix of both, you’re looking for a way to get closer to these apex predators in the safest way possible. Thankfully, there’s an app (and plenty of other high-tech innovations) for that. Here are four of our favorites shark repellents.

SharkBanz Modom Shark Leash
shark banz shark leash

It’s a well-known fact that sharks rely on thousands of data points — from their visual cortex to smelling blood in the water (they can sniff out a single drop of blood in an Olympic-size swimming pool) — to hunt their prey. Their bodies are also outfitted with electrical sensors to literally “feel” when there’s something to kill nearby. The Sharkbanz Modom Shark Leash is a wearable device with integrated electromagnetic technology designed to interfere with these sensors. A commercial-grade Velcro cuff ensures it won’t try to swim away from you if you take a particularly nasty spill, and an anti-rust stainless rotating ring helps to minimize tangling. Plus, it’s compatible with any other Modom brand cord. At USD $130, it may seem steep, but can you really put a price on your legs?

SharkBytes “Incident” Tracker App

Shark attacks are rare. Worldwide, there were only 88 total incidents in 2017. But, when they happen, they tend to occur in clusters. The SharkBytes mobile app works to track the latest incidents around the world and encourage swimmers, divers, and surfers to act accordingly. Once you know where you’re headed in the water, you can search the app for recent attacks in the area. To help users identify particular specimens, it also includes pictures and details on more than 200 shark species. The best part is that it’s free (with ads) for iOS and Android.

Shark Attack Mitigation Systems
shark mitigation suit

In the final moments leading up to an attack, sharks rely on their vision more than any other sense. If they can’t confidently see you, they’re less likely to “complete” their strike. That’s the logic behind Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS). The brand’s patented technology uses a high-tech understanding of shark’s predatory behavior to develop decidedly low-tech, but highly effective gear to camouflage you in the water. Their striped anti-shark patterns are used to develop vinyl stickers which can be applied to surfboards, kayaks, and other small watercraft.

“Little Ripper” Anti-shark Drones

By the numbers, Australia sees a tiny fraction of the already tiny number of worldwide shark incidents. But, 2015 was an especially bad year. Following a dozen high-profile shark attacks that year, New South Wales developed several $250,000 drones to prevent future incidents. Known as “Little Rippers,” the piloted drones relay real-time video to a team of shark spotters back on land. More importantly, they’re outfitted with inflatable rafts and GPS beacons that can be deployed to surfers if sharks are spotted in the water nearby. The initial six-month test program was so successful that the company behind the drones has since developed highly accurate AI-based technology to identify and track sharks in real time — no drone pilot required. The system is surprisingly adept at knowing the difference between sharks, whales, dolphins, and surfers.

Fashion & Style

Lems Trailhead Hiking Shoe Is Just as at Home on the Trail as It Is at the Taproom

Lems Trailhead hikers were designed to take you seamlessly from mountain to Main Street.
Grooming

Give Your Mustache a Twirl with these Best Mustache Waxes

Take control of that thing, man. Every mustache needs mustache wax to reach its full potential.
Food & Drink

How to Deep Fry a Turkey Without Killing Yourself in the Process

If you've never deep fried a full-size bird before, please, please, please read this very thorough guide.
Living

Get Under the Covers with the Warmest Throw Blankets for Winter

Become the human sushi roll you've always wanted to be with one of these best blankets.
Fashion & Style

The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold

The parka is the undisputed heavy hitter of any winter outerwear lineup.
Outdoors

11 Best Pocket Knives for Everyday Carry

Whether you consider yourself a present-day MacGyver or are just looking for a useful piece of gear, we've got you covered.
Culture

Where to Try Axe Throwing, Your New Favorite Sport

While we’ve been throwing axes at stuff since the first one was made, axe throwing as a sport developed where many great things do: a guy’s backyard in Canada.
Outdoors

L.L. Bean Teams Up with Main Craft Breweries for New Beer and Boot Collab

You can win a free pair of boots by simply enjoying some beer. Incredible, we know.
Travel

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet? So get inspired.
Outdoors

Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Scuba Diving Certification

Once you get past the sharks and kraken, it's surprisingly easy to master.
Outdoors

This Eco-Friendly Trekking Pole Plants Seeds as You Hike

FytoStick is a smart and efficient way to diminish your carbon footprint by playing Johnny Appleseed.
Outdoors

Prep Like a Survivalist With the 4 Best Bug-Out Bags

Hurricanes, locust swarms, alien invasion — no matter where you live, you’re at risk.
Food & Drink

How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide

Knowing how to clean a fish is essential for anglers and aspiring chefs. These simple instructions and tools can help you prep your catch in no time.
Food & Drink

Lodge Wants You to Cook It All In Cast Iron on Your Next Camping Trip

Lodge released a new, versatile cast-iron set that can cook just about anything in the great outdoors.