Through the collective power of Facebook "Liking," Wicked Lasers promised a shark with a laser attached to it. Internet, here's your shark with a laser mounted on its fin. The laser isn't on the shark's head, but this will do (for now).
Did you really think that Wicked Lasers would arm a shark with a powerful weapon that would give it the ability to sear other marine life? Get real.
True, Wicked Lasers and marine biologist Luke Tipple did mount an S3 Krypton laser to a lemon shark, but they did so with the lowest power pointer possible. The laser attached could only output at 50mW — a far-cry from the 1-watts that Krypton lasers can emit.
There are skeptics to the "publicity stunt" who claim it only happened to appease and rile up Austin Powers fans, but Tipple assures Wired that their intentions have research value too:
Tipple said the experiment was instructive in a number of ways. For starters, he was able to further test his clamping apparatus, which is typically used for traditional data-aquisition equipment.
He also wanted to verify anecdotal evidence that sharks avoid laser energy of specific spectrums and wavelengths. Curiously, at least with the Wicked Lasers model, he found the opposite to be true: "Although further testing is necessary, time and time again, sharks were actually attracted to the laser beam," he said.
Finally, he said the experiment was helpful in measuring a shark's velocity and trajectory in real time. "We were able to see how their body positioning relates to a target," he said. "You can get a very clear description, via the laser, of what the shark's body is doing."
As for the shark, it wasn't harmed in any way because the clamp used to hold the laser was a non-invasive one with springs made out of Zinc that corrode over a week.
Enjoy your shark with laser beam folks!