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I don't think sharks will stay away if they smell a dead shark. Some rather large sharks have been caught on dead sharks in the past. I have heard some stories of 5 foot blacktips hitting a bait and not being able to pull the weight free and dying. Then when they brought the bait in. The head of a five foot blacktip was all that was left.

There is more to it than that I think. Have you ever smelled a big blacktip after a really hard fight. They have a very musky scent to them. Its an interesting smell. Maybe the extracts they are talking about have to do with this scent. The smaller sharks don't have this smell when you bring them in. As long as you bring them in fast. Otherwise, there is a very distinct odor from the shark. I believe it has to do with them putting up a big fight.
 

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Very good observation Zen-daddy

I didn't even think about that. I can almost bet that the repellent probably won't work on Bulls, Blacktips, and tigers. Interestingly enough, the sharks that the repellent was tested on are from what I understand....picky eaters....fish, squid, and such.

Where as the other sharks eat everything, seagulls, rays, pup sharks, TRASH...LOL...

We'll see what the results come out to be. I really hope that the repellent works. There are thousands of sharks killed by the longliners.
 
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