The Shark Carrier was in response to shark caretakers at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago experiencing pain
while performing medical
procedures on sharks. The device seeks to support the weight of the shark while not impeding on the
User Observation & Interviews
Over 3 hours of user observation.
Interviewed 4 members of the team.
And found two primary root issues to address during the project...
Supporting the weight of the sharks they are examining
Providing a comfortable height alternative to avoid lack of circulation in a kneeling
We explored two primary HMW questions...
How might we support the weight of the sharks to minimize
the effort of the shark care takers caring for them?
How might we provide comfort and ease for shark caretakers
to while doing a long term procedure in a kneeling position.
We small scale prototyped over 5 of our brainstormed
This process helped us identify weak points in multiple
We large scale prototyped a number of ideas across both
the user-centered and shark-centered goals.
By prototyping the tub, we were able to test our
shark-weight-supporting aspect of our project with limitations.
We designed a two-part solution that enabled the caretakers to comfortably kneel at the tub side. We
addressed each problem by...
Creating a mesh adjustable support that holds the weight of the sharks.
Stackable market kneeling boards to adapt to multiple care-takers variation in heights.
A holding net of PVC-coated mesh net safe for shark skin.
A belt that ratchet cinches around the tub with rubber backing to ensure the stability and height of
6 nylon, vertical adjusting straps with plastic quick-release buckles to transfer tension to and
Plastic on the market kneeling platforms with garden foam pads of caretaker's preference.