Some sharks may be genetically predisposed to poorly integrate or otherwise ignore certain patterns the folks at the Australian firm Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) have concluded. SAMS is a collaborative effort between University of Western Australia shark researchers, Professors Shaun Collin and Nathan Hart among others. How does it work? This is some of what they have to say about that on their website:
"Many years of anecdotal evidence suggests that a stripe pattern acts as a deterrent or repellent to sharks - but we now know there’s more to the story.
SAMS has applied scientific principles to this theory to discover that very specific contrasting, colours, shapes and dimensions work together for maximum effect. If you look closely, the stripes contain intricate detailing."
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Dr. Walter Stark! Last I heard about him he was studying sharks in the Pacific via a wetsub (Sharkhunter). I read "Something Rich and Strange" a book he coauthored with Robert Schroeder when I was a kid about their coral reef studies in the Caribbean, great stuff! Didn't know he designed a rebreather, the Electolung? I remember seeing something years back about this striped suit, thanks for posting the link.
Brin wrote:This striped suit idea has been around for a while