- Mark Zuckerberg was photographed wearing a Sharkbanz bracelet while surfing.
- This device is designed to protect sharks by emitting electromagnetic currents. Although some experts have expressed doubts about the device’s performance.
- Barack Obama was previously photographed wearing a machine.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was seen wearing a bracelet designed to prevent shark attacks while surfing the web on Thursday.
A photo from TMZ shows Zuckerberg with a Sharkbanz bracelet on his ankle during an outing on a hydrofoil surfboard in Kauai, Hawaii. A Sharkbanz spokesperson confirmed that the Facebook co-founder had purchased the Sharkbanz 2 device from the company̵7;s website.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg posted a video on a surfboard. In the video, he appears to be wearing a bracelet.
The $84 Sharkbanz bracelet claims to protect against sharks by releasing an electrical discharge designed to keep sharks out of bay by interfering with the sharks’ ability to detect electromagnetic fields when searching for prey.
The device has been touted by many professional surfers. Including Barton Lynch, the 1988 World Surf Champion last year, former President Barack Obama was photographed wearing a Sharkbanz bracelet.
despite being popular But some experts have been wary of this device in the past. Line diver Erich Ritter, known for filming “Bull Sharks: World’s Deadliest Sharks,” told Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW) in 2017 that he believes Sharkbanz is not working.
“These Sharkbanz only act as a psychological defense,” he said. “They have no effect.”
Chris Lowe, director of Shark Lab at California State University in Long Beach, told The Inertia, a publication on surfing and outdoor activities. that he has not seen any information To support the use of products like Sharkbanz, though, Sharkbanz has produced several videos showing bull sharks avoiding geared dummies. The bracelet has also been confirmed by third-party research at Coastal Carolina University, according to the company’s website.
Ritter said the magnets in the bracelet were not strong enough to deter sharks. He pointed to an incident in 2016 when a 16-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in Florida while wearing a Sharkbanz bracelet at the time of the accident. Sharkbanz co-founder Nathan Garrison said the shark attack was a malfunction and described the device. This can only protect against certain types of attacks.
Zuckerberg’s hydrofoil surfboards also feature a zebra pattern on the bottom that is reportedly designed to protect against sharks. In theory, the stripes make it difficult for sharks to identify prey.
This isn’t Zuckerberg’s first time on a hydrofoil board. In 2019, the CEO posted another browsing video.