In the past, anti-shark wetsuits were nothing more than body armor. Effective? Yes? High tech? Please. That stuff might be cool, but it’s for the birds. After all, best case scenario in which you use it for its intended purpose is you get bitten by a freaking shark. No thanks.
It’s cool though. We’ve got other options these days. Entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson, working with the University of Western Australia, have created a wetsuit that bypasses the whole having-to-get-bit thing. These guys made two different ones: one for surfers and one for swimmers/divers.
One makes you invisible to sharks. The other makes you unpalatable. Much better options.
“It's based on new breakthrough science which is all about visionary systems for predatory sharks," Anderson said. "We've been able to interpret that science and convert that into, basically, materials that create some confusion for sharks' visual systems."
See, it turns out that sharks are colorblind. The “Elude,” a blue and white wetsuit made for divers, renders you invisible in the water. Anderson said it "hide[s] you in the water column.”
The “Diverter,” on the other hand, is made for surfers. The black and white pattern makes you look like the opposite of what you are, like an “unpalatable food item.”
Thus far, it’s been tested with tiger sharks and proven successful. While traditional black suits were ravaged, these were ignored.
As someone with a inherent life-long fear of sharks, sign me up. I'm sure I’m not the only one.