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Australian researchers develop shark repellent wet suit

| | Updated on: Sep 20, 2012

Australian researchers are reportedly developing a wet suit for surfers that would make them unattractive to sharks.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia have found that sharks are highly visual animals but are probably colour blind, according to ABC report.

They have claimed that the animals see colours in shades of grey, the same way as humans watch a black and white film.

The information would be used to create the underwater dress that would make the wearer look unappealing to sharks, one of the researcher, Shaun Collin, said.

“Poisonous if you like, or unattractive to the shark, somewhat like a sea snake,” he said.

“To design a wet suit that is not attractive to sharks, using a model which takes into account the different light levels that sharks move through and different seasons of the year and different times of the day,” Collin said, adding he hopes to develop a prototype of the wet suit by next year.

Published on March 12, 2018

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