Patent published on December 5, 2023

Patent Might Make Spearfishing Safer with Shark-Repelling Gear

Sharks and spearfishing – a combination that might thrill some but can also present a significant risk. Spearfishing lovers across the world have long battled with the fear of a dangerous shark intruding on their hobby. But the US patent US11832607B2 titled "Shark repellent," recently put forth by Brian Chase Watson, might just be the solution they desperately need.

The root of the problem is quite clear: Spearfishing activities attract sharks, some of which pose a threat to humans, as well as to the fish caught with the spear. This fear of shark attacks during spearfishing not only puts the spearfishers themselves in danger but can also deter others from engaging in this age-old sport. Moreover, the fear of shark attacks also poses significant challenges to search and rescue operations. Many times, the bright colors on flotation devices meant to alert rescuers can also unintentionally attract sharks.

Enter Watson's innovative patent aiming to repel sharks from humans during spearfishing. To put it simply, this invention uses a magnet to repel the sharks. So where does this magnet go? It can be incorporated into the spear, the spear tip, or the gun that shoots the spear, and can be powered by batteries.

Imagine being able to go spearfishing without worrying about the danger of shark attacks. This new-found freedom could increase the popularity of spearfishing and boost related tourism industry. Additionally, spearfishers would be able to bring home their catch without sharks snatching it away, making their efforts more fruitful.

Moreover, this innovation could also extend beyond just spearfishing. The invention aims to embed these shark-repelling magnets into Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) like lifejackets, significantly improving safety during other water-based activities, rescues, and in preventing unintended water-craft collisions.

In a world where this patent is realized, one could envisage spearfishing becoming a stress-free and safer hobby, enjoyed by many more people. Life-saving operations in the ocean could also become quicker, safer, and more efficient.

P.S. Remember, this concept is currently only a patented invention with patent number US11832607B2, and there is no guarantee that it will become a marketable product. We can only hope to see it implemented in real-life soon for a safer spearfishing experience.

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