Sharkey, beware that current! It’s a repellent electric cable
Experts hope to test the cable at beaches where there have been frequent shark attacks for at least a year
South African shark scientists and technology experts will conduct two further tests with an electrified shark repellent barrier this year, one at a local beach and a second in foreign waters.
The tests will involve experts from the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board in Durban and the Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) in Simon’s Town, a subsidiary of the Armscor defence industry agency.
The sharks board and IMT have previously run pilot tests with a 100m-long shark repellent cable at Glencairn beach in Cape Town in 2015 and 2016, as well as a shorter version of the cable at Mossel Bay during 2017...