A sturdy new neoprene fabric able to resist puncturing could offer a measure of protection against shark attacks.
The fabrics created by the team from Flinders University were tested in different combinations to determine how well they can withstand pressure and puncture. To that end, the team coated neoprene commonly used in wetsuits with fibers of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. In comparison puncture and laceration testing involving White Sharks (the most common cause of shark fatalities), the enhanced neoprene was proven more resistant to damage and also able to help reduce blood loss from a shark bite.
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