The Australian company Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) has released new shark deterrent design technology that is applied to wetsuits to reduce the chance of shark attack. The patented designs can also be applied to stickers for surfboards, dive tanks, kayaks and other water-sport products.
SAMS has been working with the university for a number years and has translated the scientific data into a range of shark deterrent designs.
Applying breakthrough science which reveals how sharks view the world, SAMS has developed two main design variations to reduce the chance of attack. The two design variations either present the wearer as potentially dangerous and unpalatable to a shark, or make it very difficult for the shark to see the wearer in the water.
SAMS Cryptic™ makes it difficult for the shark to see the wearer in the water column by using disruptive coloration and shaping from the perspective of a predatory shark. The pattern is not only difficult for the shark to see but is also designed to blend in with the background colors.
The combination of contrasting colors combined with the shape and size ratio of the patterns, ensures the optimal effect at various depths and distances.
So while a shark may locate its prey through a number of different means, it is less likely to attack if the target cannot be seen.
Suitable for: Diving, snorkelling, swimming. Refer to application chart for best suited Cryptic pattern.
SAMS Warning™ pattern is designed to overtly present the wearer as unlike any shark prey, or even as an unpalatable or dangerous food option. At the very least this will provide the user with increased protection, but it could also provide the time needed to evacuate the area if a shark is in range.
Suitable for: Surfing, Swimming, Shallow diving. Refer to application chart for best suited Warning pattern.
The shark deterrent technology can be applied to products such as wetsuits, skins and stickers for diving air tanks, surfboards, kayaks, skis and more.