Ocean Guardian spear: shark protection in the hand
THE world's first handheld electrical shark deterrent designed for diving, snorkeling and spearfishing is a step closer today.
Powered by Shark Shield Technology, the Ocean Guardian eSPEAR will sell for less than $300.
Backed by 20 years of research, it features a trigger activated extendable baton which allows the user to create an electrical field of up to 1m in diameter and 2.5m length to deter an unwanted shark encounter.
Ocean Guardian CEO, Lindsay Lyon says, "Our customers have been asking for a smaller device, so we're excited to bring this product to market enabling people to help mitigate their fear of sharks and enjoy the ocean, and help save our marine life."
"It's very simple to use - simply attach it to your dive belt, swimsuit or trunks and you can swim in the ocean with the comfort of knowing you have the power of Shark Shield Technology at your fingertips."
The eSPEAR will be launched today via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to not only expedite the product development of the eSPEAR, but also to raise funds to deliver Ocean Guardian's great vision of removing shark nets and drum lines through new technology.
Those who register now via Indiegogo will receive a 45% discount off the eSPEAR.
"We are seeking to raise capital in order to partner with one of Australia's leading universities to develop our game-changing long-range shark deterrent technology.
"We have proven personal technology and believe that the new beach barrier technology has the capability to replace inhumane shark nets around the world whilst protecting ocean users from the risk of a shark attack," said Lyon.
Shark scientist Amanda Elizabeth said she was excited the devices do not harm the sharks or other marine life.
"We need to all work together to protect our oceans but also have the confidence to share them with marine life, we are after all playing in their backyard."
The eSPEAR is available in five colours: Aquamarine, Carbon Black, Electric Yellow, Pewter Grey and Ocean Blue for a RRP $AU299.
The Indiegogo 45% discount campaign will run from the 5th February to the 15th March 2019.
Last year 2018, the Shark Shield company became Ocean Guardian reflecting the company's bigger ambition -to replace shark nets and drum lines globally.