According to Sharkattacksurvivors.com there have been 52 shark attacks this year, resulting in 11 deaths.
The SAS’ “Peoples Shark Attack Related Incident File” suggests that 20 of these attacks occurred in the seas of the US and seven in Australia.
As recent as Monday an incident took place at the Boa Viagem Beach, Brazil. Bruna Silva Gobbi, 18, was attacked by a shark resulting in an amputated leg. Last week Fernando Licay, 33, was attacked by a shark when it chewed his right leg just off the Indian Ocean.
In an attempt to deter these attacks researchers from the University of Western Australia, and Shark Attack Mitigation Systems of Perth, Western Australia which has seen five shark attacks ending in fatalities in the last 2 years. Have come together to create wetsuits designed to prevent such occurrences.
The design variations aim to make it very difficult for the shark to see the wearer in the water.
One of the designs – The ‘Warning Pattern’, has been designed for the use of surfers and warns the shark against the wearer by imitating the warning patterns of fish that send out a “stay away” message.
Researchers suggest that the other design – ‘Cryptic Pattern’, which has been specifically designed for divers and swimmers blends into the background making one invisible to the shark.
The people behind the wetsuits warn that the wetsuits are not guarantees against a shark attack but wearing one of the wetsuits could mean a “strong probability of getting a shark to hesitate, giving the wearer a chance to escape”.
The company also plans to apply the technology to products such as wetsuits, skins and stickers for diving air tanks, surfboards, kayaks, skis and more.