Australia is surrounded by water – and making the most of the country’s coastline is a big part of Australian culture. But surfers and swimmers have to share this playground with sharks, including some of the most dangerous species.
The number of attacks has risen recently, and several surfers have been killed off the coast of Western Australia – with sharks mistaking the surfers for seals. These attacks have prompted one Perth company, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (Sams), to design a new wetsuit they think will reduce the likelihood of attacks.
The banded white-and-black wetsuit is based on recent discoveries of sharks sensory systems, and how relatively poor their eyesight is. The suit breaks up the silhouette of the surfer, making it look less like that of a seal, and making the shark less likely to carry out an exploratory bite.