Scientists Say New Wetsuits Repel Sharks

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Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wetsuit that repels sharks?  Scientists from the University of Western Australia say they’ve come up with one.

Or at least that’s the hope of surfers and divers because of the rising number of shark attacks in Australia.

Working with commercial Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, the researchers developed wetsuits that are meant to throw off the ravenous fish.

The wetsuit for surfers features black and white stripes, which might appear like poisonous prey to the sharks.  The blue diver wetsuit is intended to fool color-blind sharks under water.

It’s only been a week since the wetsuits have gone on sale in Australia at $500 apiece so there’s no way of knowing just how effective they are.

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