A Wetsuit That Protects Against Shark Bites?

great white shark
Great White Shark

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.'”