There’s a new shark deterrent technology on the market, and it’s an ingenious blend of nature and science — a breakthrough that can save lives based on the science of what sharks can see.
Hamish Jolly, an Australian ocean swimmer and inventor was looking for a solution to the Western Australia shark attack problem, which has been more serious than usual over the last three years or so. Shark attacks haven’t been a problem for only Australia, but rather an issue that has been escalating worldwide.
A few years ago, Jolly had dinner with Harry Butler, a famous naturalist, and he asked Butler what the solution was to the shark problems. Butler replied rather matter-of-fact that he should take a black wetsuit and band it with yellow stripes, like a bumblebee, which apparently mimic the warning systems of most marine species.
Could it be that simple?
Watch this TED talk by Hamish Jolly to learn how they did their research and came to the conclusions they did.
Behind The Scenes – Discovery Channel shoot at Cott Beach, WA. Shark Mitigation (SAMS) wetsuits. Boys looking sharp. pic.twitter.com/2KlxXctj6z
— Hamish Jolly (@hamishajolly) December 8, 2013
We can learn a lot from nature, there is no doubt about it. Would you be willing to try the “Don’t Eat Me” wetsuit?