Just a Shark with a 50-milliwatt Green Laser
Fastened to the shark’s dorsal fin using a non-invasive clamp by marine biologist Luke Tipple off the coast of the Bahamas, the experiment was conducted to verify anecdotal evidence that sharks avoid laser energy of specific spectrums and wavelengths.
But alas, so far the experiment has proved the exact opposite… “Although further testing is necessary, time and time again, sharks were actually attracted to the laser beam,” says Tipple.
Wicked Lasers supplied Tipple with the lowest-powered version of its S3 Krypton green laser. Where a simple laser pointer might generate a beam measuring about 2mW in power, the shark-deployed model, operating on its low-power setting, emitted a beam in the neighborhood of 50mW.
So how did the shark respond to its evil laserfication?
“The shark didn’t really like it when I initially deployed the clamp,” says Tipple, “but after a few seconds it returned to normal behavior. The clamp itself isn’t strong enough to cause any pain, and the dorsal fin is actually not very sensitive due to it being composed primarily of cartilage.”