Scared of sharks? Say no to that fear with the help of world’s first anti-shark wetsuit that’s been created by joint efforts of University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Oceans Institute and entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson. Taking advantage of new discoveries about the predators’ eyesight the combined efforts have successfully grafted a range that helps stave off or evade an attack. This is achieved by materials that create some confusion for sharks’ visual systems. The blue-and-white “Elude” range, designed for divers and snorkellers helps them stay protected by using sharks perceptions of light and their colour blindness. The “Diverter” – mainly for surfers – is based on what sharks perceive as danger signs in nature, with a bold black and white banding patten to imitate an “unpalatable food item.
Anderson and Jolly’s research firm, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS), licensed their technology to wetsuit maker Radiator, which opened pre-orders for the first suits online yesterday from A$429 (US$392). Don’t worry about the sharks as its safe, natural and does no harm to animals at all.
[Via – Gulf-Times]