News of the recent shark attacks is helping to boost business for at least one local company.
Its product is called the Electronic Shark Defense System, or ESDS, and it acts like a shark deterrent.
The product has been around for a year-and-a-half, but the inventor says business recently increased 1,000 percent.
The ESDS can be worn around the ankle and comes with or without a leash.
It’s water-activated and sends an electronic signal in the water that’s supposed to keep sharks away.
The signal can be detected as far as 25 feet away.
“What we do, we affect the nose. It’s like a punch in the mouth. They just get dizzy and they don’t want any part of it,” ESDS inventor Wilson Vinano said.
“I feel extremely comfortable surfing in the water. I don’t worry about sharks at all. I’m safe anywhere I surf,” surfer Kai Matsumoto said.
ESDS was tested for seven years before being placed on the market and costs about $400.
Right now, the manufacturer is having a hard time keeping up with demand.
The product is being sold all over the world to customers in Australia, South Africa, Russia, and Hawaii.
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