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While sharks have a number of receptors used to detect odors in the water and weak electric fields, research has shown that vision is the crucial sense in the final phase of a shark attack.

Sharks actually have very good eyesight but they see colours and shapes quite differently to the way humans perceive them. Sharks see in black and white, but their perception of shading is very acute and impacted by the ‘reflective spectrum’ in the water (how bands of colour react to light).

Radiator’s shark deterrent dive wetsuits translate scientific data into precise designs, offering two strategies for protection.

 

ELUDE™ DESIGN

The Elude™ design is very difficult for a shark to see and allows the wearer to blend in with the background colours. 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.

 

DIVERTER™ DESIGN

The Diverter™ design uses very precise contrasting and coloration to present the wearer as something dangerous or unpalatable to a shark. If you look closely you’ll notice the intricate detailing. 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.