Shark Stop is a wetsuit company dedicated to bridging the gap between environmentally friendly resources and human-shark coexistence in the ocean. The Shark Stop wetsuit, which costs around $569, aims to reduce the harm caused by shark bites by utilizing newly developed polymer fiber technology.
Professor Charlie Huveeners of Australia’s Flinders University, a leading shark scientist, has successfully tested the Shark Stop wetsuit material on great white sharks. Shark Stop’s fabric reduces the depth of a great white shark bite to a shallow laceration, according to these ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene nanofibers. This vital protection and bite reduction may aid in reducing femoral artery bleeding and, as a result, save lives.
The Shark Stop wetsuit is designed to provide nanofiber protection to bio-based neoprene in key areas where shark bites are most common. The resulting wetsuit is designed to be lightweight and flexible, similar to a standard neoprene wetsuit. The Shark Stop teams discovered through peer-reviewed independent research that the fabric not only reduces the force of a shark bite but also prevents large-scale blood loss, giving first responders more time to arrive and treat their patients.
The mission of Shark Stop is to “empower everyday ocean goers with confidence to live their adventures freely.” With the goal of fostering coexistence in the ocean, the Shark Stop team is hard at work developing the ideal suit for surfers and divers looking for a way to feel safer in the water.
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