A wax so yucky that it might just deter sharks!
You, of course, are aware of Modem’s $250 magnetic anti-shark leash? The one that real science has not proven? The one that steals from wide-eyed children’s pockets much like PowerBalance? The one that will maybe cause Modem to get sued out of existence much like PowerBalance?
Well a wonderful man in South Australia just made something better, cheaper and that might actually work! Let’s read about it in Australia’s ABC News!
Could an organic surfboard wax really repel a great white shark?
The wax, developed by keen surfer Neil Campbell, will be tested off the coast of Port Lincoln next month.
It contains a mixture of herbs and spices which give off a pungent scent which he believes could deter sharks from approaching.
He hopes to further develop the wax blend to “take surfers off the menu”.
“I moved to South Australia in June last year and that presented me with the perennial problem for a surfer — sharks,” Mr Campbell said.
Not convinced by electronic and magnetic aids currently on the market, Mr Campbell fell back on a custom he had as a grommet, lathering his board with tea tree oil and muscle creams.
He then began to research natural animal repellents.
And that was when Chillax was born.
“It’s simply local bees wax, cold-pressed coconut oil, a bunch of essential oils and spices,” Mr Campbell said.
“The essential herbs and spices came about from me researching a range of repellent combinations across a range of species.”
Clove oil, which has been used to euthanase Port Jackson sharks, is one ingredient.
So too are hot peppers — as Mr Campbell said he believed sharks were olfactory predators, meaning they hunt by scent.
And how great is that? I love it!
I also love it because he is actually going to scientifically test it on Neptune Island before marketing it. “We are going to scientifically measure the validity of what has been until now only a good argument…” He says.
Can you even take it? Scientifically measuring something’s validity until proven?
Sign me up today!
And thank you Wincy for the heads up!