Australia has developed a wetsuit resistant to the bites of great white sharks
Three years ago, the staff of Flinders University (Australia) announced the beginning of the development of a special material for a Shark Stop wetsuit capable of resisting shark bites.
The “armor” against shark teeth is made of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene nanofibers supplemented with neoprene. The suit was “run-in” on floats, which gave the most dangerous for people great white sharks a “taste”.
According to the test results, the material showed high strength: the strength-to-weight ratio exceeded Kevlar and steel by 50% and 8-15 times, respectively. It has already found application in the production of ballistic shields.The manufacturer of the wetsuit is a subsidiary of Flinders University. The basis of the suit is neoprene with protective pads glued on it in the most vulnerable places for shark bites. The suit with a thickness of 2 to 7 mm turned out to be slightly heavier than a regular neoprene wetsuit, but it has not lost flexibility.
On Kickstarter, the product is presented in versions for surfers and divers. It has all the elements necessary for a wetsuit — a key pocket, a stainless steel zipper and knee pads. You can become a future owner of Shark Stop right now for $ 570.