When I first heard about the Shark repelling wetsuit, I made sure it wasn’t April 1st as I was convinced it was a wind up. When I realised that it was a bit premature for April fools day, I then took a more in depth look and still find it a little hard to believe. Two clever Australian inventors have designed and developed a pair of wetsuits, that are said to help protect the wearer from shark attacks.
The first suit is a slinky looking black and white affair called The Diverter that uses SAMS Warning technology, and resembles the stripes of a Zebra, and is said to warn the Shark that the wearer is not edible. The second suit known as The Elude, has SAMS Cryptic technology, has a random pattern of whites, greys and blues, in a similar style to Army camouflage and is supposed to help make the person decked out in one invisible to Sharks.
The Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, or SAMS for short, have undergone a lot of research and development and are currently available to buy, although retailers are hard to find and seem mostly located in Australia. Suits retail at around 460 AUD (£250), which seems reasonable enough to me, especially if it means I get to come home after every surf and keep all my limbs intact. The SAMS technology is not only limited to wetsuits, they also produce a range Surfboard stickers for placing on the bottom of the board, swimwear, and stickers or skins for diving tanks and kayaks.
For more information on the Shark Attack Mitigation Systems and to read all about the studies and subsequent product development, take a look at the SAMS website here. I have attached a video below showing the two wetsuits available, be sure to let us know if you would put your faith in these clever bits of rubber?