Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Scuba Diving A Wetsuit That Protects Against Shark Bites?

A Wetsuit That Protects Against Shark Bites?


You may have read in the past of divers who would wear chain-mail armor when diving among sharks. Well, some researchers at a university in Australia are building a prototype wetsuit constructed out of the kinds of synthetic fibers that body armor is made of.

Granted, such a wetsuit wouldn’t be able to counteract the force of a shark’s jaw, but it could mitigate damage to skin tissue and lower the loss of blood. The Australian government has even provided grant money for the project.

When the story appeared in the UK’s Daily Mail, needless to say, it got a fairly predictable response on social media. Comments ranged from “The wet suit is called ‘Stop swimming with Sharks‘” to “The wet suit is called ‘a Boat.'”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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