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Karen Knapstein
Date
September 19, 2013

Shark Week

shark-proof suit

If you’ve ever gone for a swim in the ocean and had to stop and think that you might have heard the Jaws theme song, or if you really are a serious surfer or diver concerned about staying safe,  this idea for the next big thing might be for you.

Scientists from the University of Australia say they’ve created a wetsuit designed to make the wearer look less like a meal, and more like a wave, or at the very least unappetizing. The Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) isn’t actually shark-proof, but works with a specific kind of pattern printed on the suit that confuses what a shark sees underwater.

They also make stickers designed to deter sharks from taking a bite out of surfboards. So what do you think? Is this underwater camouflage the next big thing? Vote now! 

141 comments on “Shark Week

  1. Destanie Riollano

    I think it’s a bad idea because if people go into the water, what happens if they go into the water and they are swimming and the shark will see they feet, hands, and their head.

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      1. Abilene Kansas is the best

        I think that it is a good idea because it will severely reduce shark attacks and hopefully save the lives of others. But the creator or creators of the suit might want to consider a way to cover people’s hands and feet.

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    1. William

      No, I say this because what happens when they’re in trouble like drowning or need help? Lifeguards won’t see them as easy as if they looked normal in normal swimwear

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    2. Kat

      Actually this is awsome and your theory is kinda calculated . if they were to get lost at sea and this would bee a tragedy ready to happen. a positive thing is a percentage of humans will not be eaten.

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    3. 2013-9-24-shelby-presley

      i think that it is a good idea because the people who are going in the water and a shark sees them it would be very less likely for there to be a shark attack.

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  2. Emily White

    I think it’s a good idea because maybe if people got into the water with the suit on they would not try to bite them. Maybe they would maybe they wouldn’t , Im half in half I think yes and no..

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    1. Haley Wilson

      I think Its A Good idea But What about your feet and hands and head You Need something more protective or you could still get attacked.

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  3. Courtney Poteat

    I think it is an ok idea but it does not cover up your hands, feet or head so you probably would still get attacked. Try a full body cover suit, like footy pajamas with a hood.

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  4. Graci Lovett

    I think it’s a good idea, but then again what happens if a shark attacks you, your hands, feet, and head won’t be covered up. Maybe a full body suit.

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  5. Sam Lovelace

    I think its a good idea, because you can be more safer, and also look cool. Its also a bad idea because when you’re stuck under sea and no can see you so you might can die.

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  6. Ethan Hughes

    I think It wont work sharks know which way the water moves water is not going to move backwards.And they can see ur skin so if would probably work if they made a whole body suit then they could’t see ur hands feet and head.

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  7. Austin Holland

    I Think it is a good idea because sharks do have there eyes in the front of there head so when they do see u in can confuse them.

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  8. Qa'shounna HILL

    well i guess it’s ok but the shark can see you. it need to be a full outfit. if they want to they could just go for your head…LOL SO I SAY NO

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  9. Sara Rain Tree

    Yes, I do think that it is a good idea but there are some flaws like what happens if the shark see you feet he or she may think that they are fishies and think that they are a good snack.

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  10. Helena Stacy

    I think it is an ok idea but I think it needs to cover up you hands and feet. it needs to also be a little thicker just in case.

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  11. Abbey Munn

    Sharks can’t even see that well in the first place. They mostly use there smell and touch senses to find food. I am not so sure that it will work. But I am afraid of sharks so we might as well try.

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  12. Alec Doss

    I think that it is an awesome idea, because as a diver, I am slightly scared when I go sea diving because of the fact that sharks could come at any time, and the shark bites that I have seen are gruesome, nasty and very gorish. So,it would be very useful.

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  13. Aleah

    It IS the next big thing because nobody wants to die because they got eaten by a shark so they look invisible or unappetizing !!!!!!!! That is cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Andrew

    I don’t think it will be the next big thing because it may camouflage you from people if you have an accident and they need to find you. Plus, the chance you will get attacked by a shark is very slim.

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  15. M. Breezey and the 309ers

    While this is a great invention, we don’t feel as though it will be popular enough to be the “Next Big Thing.”

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  16. Kolton G.

    I got bite in the beach of California on a family trip this would help all those people like me. It was just a flesh wound.

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  17. Abby

    I don’t think it is the next big thing just because I mean it isn’t COMPLETELY safe but it is a little tiny bit safer but not a whole lot but I mean that’s just me

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  18. Carlee W.

    I do think this is a good idea but in trying to make yourself look like the surrounding waves if you do decide to go into deeper water, what about boats and other water transportation not being able to see you? That could spell disaster.

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  19. Andre E.

    I think this would be a great idea, but you have to think about the possibility of your head and feet, so if it covered those parts somehow, then i’d be even more enthusiastic.

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  20. Marisa and Sydni

    No? Cause alot of things is camouflage and it does not change anything. It really wouldn’t matter about the color of your swim suit is If the shark is hungry its gonna eat what ever it wants. (:

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  21. Charlie Fedler

    I like it, but it doesn’t seem really necessary. Contrary to popular belief shark attacks arn’t common or a big killer of people. I think there are more pressing needs for humanity. But I like it.

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  22. Caitlyn and Claire

    No, we think that it is a bad idea because sharks smell meat they don’t eat you because they see you; they see u as food.

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  23. Iule

    I think that it depends weather the wet suits are the next big thing because maybe people will only use it once it’s been truly proven to work. Am I saying that It’s definitely not going to work? No. I’m saying that this is one of those things that we can’t really judge based on a sketched out idea. When it becomes proven to work and it starts to catch on I think that it will bring a lot of new surfers to the ocean. People that have always wanted to try but haven’t because of unknown fears, like sharks. The wet suits can help people to discover a new passion. This has a lot of potential.

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  24. Bronson

    I think think that it is a good idea but I don’t think that it will be very helpful shark attacks are rare we need something that can help our economy right now

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  25. emily

    I think that it’s not a good idea. If you are invisible to the shark what would happen if it runs into you? All that this suit does is help the shark not to see you. There is still a big risk of getting hurt by one.

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  26. Jackson Olmstead

    Seriously people? Don’t you realize that the shark can see your head, feet. and hands!?!?!? Come on!!!! I don’t really think this is the next big thing.

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  27. JK

    i think these suits are an AWESOME idea because a lot of people won’t go out in the ocean because of sharks so this is very smart

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  28. Devan

    I voted yes because if there are actual proof that this suit works, then I seriously believe that it can change hobbies like surfing and make it safer.

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  29. Karen

    I don’t think that the suit will completely protect anyone from shark attacks. The shark will do what it wants to do no matter what you wear. I think it’s a waste of money and manufacturing.

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  30. Rose Denver

    I don’t think that this product will succeed, or is even a good idea, for that matter. It gives surfers and swimmers a false sense of safety, and erases the fear that keeps people from doing dangerous things. They still could be mistaken for a seal if they are seen by the shark, as the suits are close to the same color as a seal’s skin. But it’s not as if that would matter, anyway, because sharks hunt with their sense of smell, touch, and sometimes even hearing. Now, give me a bright neon suit that electrocutes people when they try to do something dangerous, smells like ocean water, can’t be felt, and sounds like Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and I might consider it. But until then? No way.

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  31. hi

    I think that it’s a good idea, but it won’t last long because I think that scientists are going to invent a 100% shark protection swimsuit.

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  32. Joey

    I think it would be a pretty good idea, if it wasn’t for the fact the sharks almost completely go by their sense of smell, and they don’t have very good vision

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  33. hannah speer

    i say NO it wont work because a shark is really smart. They will be able to see you. this idea i really good but i say NO it will not work.

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  34. Garrett

    Yes it is the next big thing because if your caught swimming by a shark, your done but in the little video clip that we saw, the shark swam away from the thing in the suit. I think its a great idea!

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  35. 2013-9-22-ulani-farmer

    Yes this is the next big thing. It can be used for divers who love to go in the ocean, but might get bit by a shark

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  36. kyrstin

    yes, i do think that the shark suit is the next big thing because, it protects peope from getting bite and prevents less shark attacks,but at the same time it doesn’t protect your hands ,feet, or head.

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  37. charlotte

    i think its a great idea….except that the shark can see your head they might want to do something about that! except for that its great there will be less shark attacks and more people being safe! :)

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  38. Donoven

    If you think about it your head and feet will be showed so to be safe you have to buy same collor gloves,diving boots and a mask and they still will see you.im a fisherman so ik if there hungry thelle eat it sharks have been to known to eat omost evreything to licenplates to bikes.

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  39. Abby Rosie Foster

    Ok so it’s a neat idea but if you accidentally hit the shark it will no your there and if you bleed the shark will know where you are but it could be a little safer I say we should keep trying to make things safer.

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  40. Cynthia R.

    I believe the Shark Suit will be the next big thing, :) If you could cover their face. :) It may be uncomfortable, but that’s better than a shark attack. <3 :) sh

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  41. taylor hickman

    I think that its a good idea but its a bad one to. the good thing is that the shark wont see u but it can see the surfboard and it could eat u.So its good keep them coming

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  42. Amber Raley

    I think that it can be a good idea if you edit it a little. Example: you should get something to cover up the head and some gloves and socks to cover those up.

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  43. Kadien Decks

    honestly i think it’s kind of stupid. I mean what if the shark smells you. Sharks can smell their prey especially is you get hurt and you start to bleed. Then it’ll just smell you out.

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  44. Katie Dunlap

    I don’t think it’s a good idea because what if the water’s different from the coloring or pattern of the suit and the shark can just spot the person easier? Also, the shark will probably see the hands, feet, and head and know that something isn’t right.

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  45. 2013-9-25-Kim-Lyons

    I dont think it would work. Sharks watch your legs to see if you are alone so enless it covers your legas compeltly i dont think it work.

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  46. Alyssa

    No. It confuses what the shark see’s so it could think it is another shark and might want to play or think it is a fish.

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  47. Courtney W.

    I love Next Big Thing and I think this is a good way to keep swimmers safe. Sharks make mistakes but here is a creative a way to prevent any injuries. Sharks Arn’t leaving and neither are we so new ideas are always good.

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  48. Juan-Sinana

    I would use the suit to act like a shark and swim up next to them. I would want to see if they can become my friend. In my opinion, these would be good for swimming with the fishes!

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  49. Beatrice-Longstockings

    i want to put that on and swim next to sharks and stab them. that way they die, but they can’t see me so they won’t attack.

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  50. Billy Bob Joe

    This is so cool! People die from shark attacks every year. This can prevent people from dying. But the downside is that, they may be very expensive.

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  51. Kinzi

    That is an amazing idea!! There are so many great ideas to help out the future. Its remarkable on how many ideas there are.. & how effective they might be.

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