Sharks lurking around the shallows definitely puts a reluctant thought into the heads of many beach-goers. Though shark attacks on humans are rare, wouldn’t it be nice if sharks just kept their distance? Luckily, NoBite Technologies has created a long-range shark deterrent called the Ocean Recreation Comfort Apparatus. The O.R.C.A. uses Sonic Camouflage technology and emits sounds that keep sharks at a comfortable distance from us water enthusiasts. Even though the deterrent has not been officially released, the folks at NoBite seem confident they have produced a winner, stating the device will come with a “No Bite Guarantee” of $1 million.
The O.R.C.A. was created following eight shark attacks on Maui in 2013. After realizing that may ocean-goers were hesitant to get back in the water, NoBite Technologies co-founder Brandon Martin invented the O.R.C.A. “Some of my friends were afraid to get back out there,” said Martin. “So we developed a solution based on evolutionary science. Shark culling and other mitigation programs are far too disruptive to be a viable option.”
The device itself is compact and can be worn on the wrist or ankle. The O.R.C.A. is safe and easy to use, and harmless to the environment. The device has a range of up to 100 feet and a 12-hour battery life. The LED display gives a clear indication of its charge status and a USB dongle allows for waterproof charging.
On Friday, August 1, the O.R.C.A was successfully tested by a group of six professional marathon swimmers on their 43-mile swim from Santa Barbara Island to Catalina Island. The swimmers entered the water surrounded by hundreds of sea lions engaged in a feeding frenzy. The area is also known to be frequented by great white, tiger, and mako sharks. Throughout the swim, there were no sightings of sharks, believed to be the direct result of the O.R.C.A.
“As a result of extensive testing, we are so confident that you will not be bitten by a shark while wearing an O.R.C.A that we are offering an industry first, No Bite Guarantee.” Martin adds.
NoBite technologies has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise $175,000 by August 17. The campaign will help get the O.R.C.A. on the international market and hopefully out into the ocean where it belongs.