6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

If you find yourself in a Samuel L. Jackson movie and not surrounded by any mutha f***in' snakes, good news! You're about to be eaten by a hyper-intelligent shark. These 6 tools will at least give you a fighting chance. [Top art courtesy of Iggy via Flickr]

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

Magnetic Bead Anklet


A shark's snout is packed with electroreceptor organs, called Ampullae of Lorenzini, which it uses to detect the electrical impulses of its prey's muscle contractions in murky waters. The six ferrite magnets embedded in this anklet each produce 720 gauss when submerged in sea water, which interferes with the shark's ampullary organ and makes you less of a target. $25

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

SCUBA/SPEAR mini-can


If you've ever been downwind from a ripened carcass, you've probably felt that deep, gut-checking revulsion at the smell of rotting flesh (don't worry, this is just a survival mechanism to keep you from being a dumb ass and trying to eat it). SCUBA/SPEAR produces the same reaction in sharks. This 2oz canister releases a cloud of the semiochemical repellent, shark necromone (literally "shark corpse"), into the water, shrouding you in the reek of decomposing shark. $15

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

SharkShield Universal 7


The 720 gauss generated from the Magnetic Bead Anklet may repel smaller species like Lemons or Nurses but probably won't do much against, say, a 14-foot Tiger shark. The SharkShield Universal 7 uses two submerged electrodes to surround you with an 8-meter wide, ampullary-overloading electrical field. Any shark that invades your personal space will experience uncontrollable muscular spasms. $590

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

WASP Knife

Sure at first glance, stabbing a shark seems about as effective as slapping or insulting its mother. But the WASP is a knife and a syringe, injecting a compressed gas (stored in the handle) at 800psi into whatever you're shivving. The gas freezes internal organs while inflating the offending predator and forcing it to the surface. $500

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

Bang Stick


Speaking softly is more of a guideline than a rule when your big stick has a 12-gauge tip. Bangsticks pack an explosive charge (from .22 to .45 caliber) attached to a 2-foot metal pole. Simply jam the business end of it against an overly-aggressive shark to show it who's boss. Or severely piss it off. Either way. $100-125

6 Tools to Fight A Shark and Win (Maybe)

Neptunic NemoII Sharksuit


When all else fails, swaddle yourself in chain mail. Better yet, swaddle yourself in liquid crystal polymer fiber. The NemoII from Neptunic weaves this patented material over a standard wetsuit, providing divers a higher level of protection than suits constructed from steel mesh. However, much like ballistic armors, it will prevent a shark from sinking its teeth into you but can't protect against bones broken by a Great White's 1.8 tons of bite force.