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Shark-Safe Wetsuits

The World's First Shark-Proof Wetsuit Helps Stave Off Predators

— July 20, 2013 — Lifestyle
Are you looking for a shark proof wetsuit? The University of Western Australia's Ocean Institute in partnership with entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson created the world's first anti-shark wetsuit. Jolly and Anderson's company Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) produced a range of suits to protect people from underwater predators without causing harm to the sharks. The 'Elude' suit protects for divers and snorkelers with a blue and white pattern that uses sharks' light perception and color blindness against them. Similarly, the 'Divert' suit intended for surfers is a black and white pattern that mimics an unpalatable food source based on sharks' perception of danger in the water. This is all possible due to recent research and discoveries about shark eyesight.

So whether you are surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving or preparing for Sharknado, these shark proof wetsuits are definitely worth a look.
Trend Themes
1. Shark-proof Apparel - Innovation in developing clothing and gear that protects humans from shark attacks while also not causing harm to sharks.
2. Perception-driven Design - Designing products that take advantage of an animal's sensory abilities in order to provide protection or advantage to humans.
3. Marine Life Safety - Developing products that help prevent injuries and fatalities caused by marine wildlife encounters.
Industry Implications
1. Surfing and Water Sports - The development of shark-proof wetsuits presents opportunities for surfers, snorkelers and divers looking to safely engage in ocean activities without fear of shark attacks.
2. Marine Biology and Ecotourism - The creation of products aimed at preserving shark populations and minimizing harm to both sharks and humans, ultimately promoting sustainable tourism centered around marine life.
3. Emergency Response and Public Safety - The development of anti-shark wetsuits and other protective gear may have applications in emergency response and search and rescue situations involving marine wildlife.
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