Sharkbanz Wearable Magnetic Shark Deterrent Wins Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in Recreation Category


Charleston, SC (October 31, 2016)  – Sharkbanz, makers of magnetic shark repellent technology, is excited to announce the Sharkbanz wearable shark deterrent band has won a Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the Recreation Category. Sharkbanz, the first affordable, convenient, stylish solution to reduce the risk of a shark attack, is worn on the wrist or ankle and requires no batteries or charging. 

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Sharkbanz patented magnetic technology creates an electromagnetic field that interferes with a shark’s electrical sense. This interference reduces the risk of attack by causing inquisitive sharks to flee. The unpleasant experience for the shark is similar to that of a person in a dark room shining a very bright light in another person’s eyes. It’s important to note that Sharkbanz technology does not harm the shark or other nearby marine life. 


Sharkbanz technology is aimed at repelling hit-and-run shark attacks, the most common type of incident occurring when a curious shark strikes at a human in order to determine if they are prey. Sharkbanz is the first wearable deterrent captured on video successfully preventing a Bull Shark encounter. Visit to view the technology in action series. 

Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses the top 100 winners across 10 categories for inclusion in their annual Best of What’s New issue. To win an award, a product or technology must represent a significant step forward in its category. All of the winners have been featured in Popular Science Magazine November/December special issue.

“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” says Kevin Gray, Executive Editor, Popular Science. "From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new."

“The Popular Science Best of What’s New Awards are one of the most respected and highly endorsed accolades a new product, technology or company can receive,” said Sharkbanz co-founder, Nathan Garrison. “The fact that our scientists figured out a way to turn sharks’ most powerful sense against them really speaks volumes. Our magnetic deterrent products offer a convenient, affordable solution to reduce the risk of shark attack, providing peace of mind to casual beachgoers and ocean athletes without hindering performance.”

Sharkbanz has enlisted the services of renowned shark experts, chemist Dr. Eric Stroud and marine biologist Dr. Patrick Rice. The two scientists founded Shark Defense almost 15 years ago and made some of the most revolutionary discoveries in shark repellent technology. Most shark attacks occur in murky, shallow waters off the coast where there are a high number of swimmers and sharks sharing the same space. In this environment, sharks rely heavily on their electro-receptors instead of their eyes to “see” what’s around them. They possess the most powerful electroreception of all known animals and use it to judge distance, shape, and even the heart rate of other animals near them. Sometimes when relying on their electro-receptors, a curious shark may bite a person in order to figure out what he or she is. These unprovoked “hit and run” attacks are the most common type, and Sharkbanz are an excellent defense against them. 

Sharkbanz magnetic technology will reduce risk of shark interactions, but there is no 100% guarantee that interactions will not take place. This technology has been tested extensively on over ten of the most common predatory shark species, such as Bull and Blacktip, responsible for the majority of "hit and run" attacks, and Sharkbanz work to defend against these types of interactions. 

To purchase or learn more about Sharkbanz technology, visit

Sharkbanz MSRP: $65.00

About Sharkbanz

Based in Charleston, SC, Sharkbanz use patented magnetic technology to interfere with sharks’ sensitive electroreceptors. Created by surfers and divers and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species, Sharkbanz magnetic technology does not harm sharks or other sea creatures, uses no batteries, requires no charging and designed to endure the most rigorous water sports. Learn more about Sharkbanz technology, products and shark conservancy efforts by visiting