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A surge in shark attacks in Hawaii over the past year hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in its warm ocean waters. ...
But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse. (Jan. 24)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Kihei, Hawaii - 20 December 20131. Wide shot ocean and people with surf boards2. Closeup of people on surf boards3. Med of people in oceanMANDATORY COURTESY: PEW ENVIRONMENT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Date/Location unknown4. Mid of shark AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Maui County, Hawaii - 2 December 20135. Close up of "Shark Sighted" sign6. Medium of police carrying kayakAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Honolulu - Dec. 17, 20137. Medium shot, surfer wearing shark deterrent device Electronic Shark Defense System walks into ocean8. Tight shot of Electronic Shark Defense System around surfer's ankle in water 9. Medium of inventor unwrapping Electronic Shark Defense System10. SOUNDBITE: Wilson Vinano, Electronic Shark Defense System (ESDS) Inventor: (see transcript below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Kihei, Hawaii - 20 December 201311. Mid of people in the ocean AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Honolulu - 17 December 201312. SOUNDBITE: Wilson Vinano, Electronic Shark Defense System (ESDS) Inventor: (see transcript below)AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYKahului, Hawaii - 20 December 201313. Medium shot O'Donnell and storekeeper talking14. Soundbite, Dennis O'Donnell, owner of Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport (see transcript below)15. Medium shot store owner Dennis O'Donnell showing Shark Shield deviceAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Kaneohe, Hawaii - 9 January 201416. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Kim Holland, Research Professor, Shark Research Group, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (see transcript below) AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Kihei, Hawaii - 20 December 201317. Wide surfers walking on beachVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:(nats ocean) A PICTURE PERFECT DAY FOR SURFERS AND SWIMMERS IN MAUI... (nats waves breaking) CLEAR SKIES AND BLUE WAVES... BUT CONCERNS RUN DEEP ABOUT WHAT MAY BE LURKING JUST BENEATH THE WATER... (file sharks) A SURGE IN SHARK ATTACKS LAST YEAR HAS LEFT SOME ON GUARD... AT LEAST 14 PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED IN ATTACKED IN HAWAII. JUST LAST MONTH, A MAN FISHING ON HIS KAYAK DIED AFTER A SHARK BIT OFF HIS FOOT. NOW SURFERS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO PREVENT BECOMING A SHARK'S NEXT VICTIM. (nats c/u surfer walking in with ankle strap) ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION... THIS ANKLE STRAP... (Nats unwrapping ankle. )Nats SOUNDBITE: Wilson Vinano, Electronic Shark Defense System inventor"This is a device I invented to keep sharks from biting people."IT WRAPS AROUND A SURFER ANKLE OR SWIMMER'S WET SUIT... SENDING OUT AN ELECTRIC PULSE WHICH THE CREATOR CLAIMS REPELS SHARKS... SOUNDBITE: Wilson Vinano, Electronic Shark Defense System inventor" When they come across the signal of the device they know that you're not food and they'll swim away."THE COST... ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS... AND SHOP OWNERS SAY THEY CAN'T STOCK THEM FAST ENOUGH. SOUNDBITE: Dennis O'Donnell, owner of Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport"you are stepping into the wilderness. It's the ocean. It's not a controlled environment. It's not a swimming pool."THERE ARE OTHER PRODUCTS OUT THERE... SOUNDBITE: NATS store owner Dennis O'Donnell showing Shark Shield device"This is a shark Shield Surf 7. This is out of Australia. They use a device that can be attached to your board."BUT DR. KIM HOLLAND WHO HEADS A SHARK RESEARCH GROUP REMAINS SKEPTICAL. Soundbite: Dr. Kim Holland, Research Professor, Shark Research Group, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. "We've had an extensive research testing program here at Coconut Island a few years ago to try and find an electricity-based repellent system based on testing sharks here in our research facility. And we couldn't find anything that worked to repel sharks."YET FOR SOME, THE DEVICES ARE WORTH THE PIECE OF MIND. PADMANANDA RAMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS