Maui business launches crowd-funding campaign to bring to market the first wearable Sonic Camouflage shark deterrent
The O.R.C.A. was created following eight shark attacks on Maui in 2013. After realizing that many ocean-goers were reluctant to go back into the water, NoBite Technologies co-founder Brandon Martin invented the O.R.C.A. “Some of my friends were afraid to get back out there,” said Martin. “So we developed a solution based on evolutionary science. Shark culling and other mitigation programs are far too disruptive to be a viable option,” he adds.
On Friday, August 1, the O.R.C.A. was successfully tested by a group of six professional marathon swimmers on their 43-mile, 16-hour long swim from Santa Barbara Island to Catalina Island. The swimmers entered the water around midnight, surrounded by hundreds of sea lions engaged in a feeding frenzy, in an area known to be frequented by great white, tiger, and mako sharks. “I am considering the ORCA a complete success, since there were no sightings of sharks in a channel which has an abundance of sharks,” said Julian Rusinek, who swam the relay, officially observed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA).
“Since the 1970s, research has shown that killer whale calls and other sounds can cause some shark species to move away,” said Dr. Manue Martinez, PhD in Marine Biology and Senior Researcher at Pacific Whale Foundation. “The O.R.C.A. brings existing science to a wearable device.” Western Australia has recently been testing this technology on a large scale at popular beaches. “As a result of extensive testing, we are so confident that you will not be bitten by a shark while wearing an O.R.C.A. that we are offering an industry first, No Bite Guarantee,” Martin adds.
|The ORCA at a Maui beach|
The Kickstarter.com campaign will help NoBite Technologies get the O.R.C.A. on the market for international sales. Supporters of the campaign will receive perks ranging from a company t-shirt with a $27 contribution to a limited early bird special price for the O.R.C.A. device with a $71 contribution, or a package of four O.R.C.A. for $371.
About NoBite Technologies, LLC – NoBite’s mission is to help people feel more comfortable while in nature without the use of disruptive or chemical-based products. Five other applications are already on NoBite’s drawing board, aimed to keep certain animals at a comfortable distance for the user. NoBite is committed to corporate sustainability principles and will be keeping as much of the production process on Maui as possible. We aim to contribute to the local economy, create jobs, be proactive and responsible members of our local community, minimize our environmental footprint, and raise awareness on the importance of healthy eco-systems. The O.R.C.A. team is comprised of doctors of marine biology specializing in sharks and whales as well as advanced engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs– all of whom are ocean lovers.
For the crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, visit kck.st/1jigyQG.
For more information, visit www.ORCAv1.com.
For full press kit, visit www.ORCAv1.com/press