Zack Davis started surfing when he was a kid, and never had problems with sharks in that time.
Shark attacks are very rare, but one company has decided to sell products to “prevent” shark attacks. The ‘shark repelling band’, called SharkBanz gives out a magnetic field which is designed to disrupt electro receptors that sharks use to navigate in the waters.
Zack decided to purchase one for $80, just in case he encountered a shark one day.
The mother is demanding a refund for the SharkBanz after her son got attacked by a shark while wearing one.
‘I just got out of the water as quickly as possible because I didn’t want to get hit again,’ he said.
“It was like shocking. It wasn’t really painful,” he told CBS12. “Honestly I wasn’t really in pain I was just like oh my gosh I need to do something with this quick, so I just took my leash from my board and just wrapped it around my arm because I didn’t want to lose any blood.”
Zack was rushed to the hospital, where he had to have 44 stitches to repair the damage.
“I got this for Christmas. It is a shark band and it was supposed to keep sharks away and the first time I wore it, and I go surfing a lot, but the first time I wore it- I get bit.”
SharkBanz told CBS12 in a statement:
“We’re in the process of gathering all known facts about the encounter from the victim. It’s important for us to assess all the information regarding the circumstances in order to understand the shark’s behavior, what ultimately caused the bite, and whether it was preventable.”
“We’re relieved to see that Zach is already patched up and out of the hospital with plans to return to the water as soon as he’s able.”
“SharkBanz is giving Zack new wristbands and company scientists reviewed the incident and believe the shark let go of the boy’s arm quicker because of the technology. They also believe, according to their review, Zack fell on the shark and startled it, which led to the rare and unpreventable attack.”