Australian scientists have developed a pair of anti-shark wetsuits that make divers appear invisible by camouflaging their bodies in the sea and trick sharks into thinking surfers are poisonous. A team of researchers from the University of Western Australia joined forces with designers from Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) to create the suits. The blue pattern of the Elude suit can’t be seen by the shark because the fish are colour blind. While the stripes on the Diverter suit mimic the colours of poisonous fish to warn the sharks off.
YOU SEE THIS IS FANTASTIC. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO. NOT KILL SHARKS BECAUSE THEY’RE CURIOUS AND ATTACK US. WE’RE IN THEIR WATERS. WE’RE MAKING THEIR HUNTING GROUNDS SMALLER.
AND THAT STRIPE ONE IS SO STYLISHHHH
THIS IS AMAZING. Finding an actual solution to a problem that won’t wreck the entire ecosystem.
10 Cool Sharks You Probably Don’t Hear Much About During Shark Week
Since Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” is anything but educational now, I wanted to end the week with a post that actually contains information about some less frequently mentioned sharks.
Cookiecutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis)
A dogfish shark; only 20 in (50 cm) long, yet they have the largest teeth, compared with their size, of any living shark. They feed by gouging round plugs of flesh from their victims. Read more about this shark
Dwarf Shark (Etmopterus perryi)
A dogfish shark; only around 6 in (15 cm) long. The smallest known living shark. It lives in deep water, in the Pacific Ocean. It seems likely that it makes vertical migrations, as it has also been caught in shallow seas. Like many deep-sea fish, it has light organs on its underside. It is protected by a spine on its first dorsal fin. Read more about this shark
Gray Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
A requiem shark; measures 8 ft (2.5 m) in length. Divers may encounter gray reef sharks since they are often found in lagoons and on the outer edges of reefs. They are not usually dangerous, but may be territorial. If it feels threatened, a gray reef shark will warn intruders by arching its back into an aggressive posture. Read more about this shark
Greenland Shark (Somniosus microcephalus)
A sleeper shark. One of the largest living species of shark, of dimensions comparable to those of the Great White; grow to 21 ft (6.4 m) long, and possibly up to 24 ft (7.3 m) long, but most Greenland sharks observed have been around 8-16 ft (2.44-4.8 m) long. Greenland sharks are sometimes called “sleepers” because they are sluggish sharks. They live in cold, northern waters — under the ice during winters. They eat carrion, and large numbers may gather to gorge on a whale carcass. One has been found with a reindeer and a polar bear jaw in its stomach. Read more about this shark
Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci)
A bullhead shark; maximum total length is 4 ft (122 cm), with most adults reaching lengths of 3.2 ft (97 cm). The horn shark rests during the day, often in groups of several individuals. It hunts at night, using its sense of smell to find food. Though not closely related to the extinct Hybodus, it has large spines on the leading edge of its dorsal fins. Read more about this shark
Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciataI)
A houndshark; grows to about 5 ft (1.5 m) in length. The leopard shark gets its name from its golden, blotched skin. Like some other carpet sharks, it has a flexible body that allows it to turn around in small spaces. It feeds mainly on clams, using its flat-topped teeth. Most of its time is spent cruising on the seabed, searching for food. Read more about this shark
Starry Smoothhound (Mustelus asterias)
A houndshark; reaches a length of up to 4.59 ft (1.4 m). Starry smoothhounds are sluggish sharks that live in shallow seas in many parts of the world. They are so named because of the small, white spots that break the dark shade of their sides and back. One species that lives off the US coast is able to change its color from gray to pearly white, taking about two days to complete the transition. They have large pectoral fins and feed on bottom-living invertebrates. Females give birth to up to 40 pups at a time. Some species emit an unpleasant smell. Read more about this shark
Swell Shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum)
A catshark; the maximum reported length of the swell shark is 43 inches (110 cm) total length. However, this species is more commonly observed at lengths of approximately 35 inches (90 cm). The swell shark is nocturnal. It rests in crevices or among giant kelp during the day. If disturbed, it swallows water or air, and swells out its body to about twice its size. This makes it almost impossible to pull from its hiding place. Groups sometimes rest lying on top of one another. Read more about this shark
Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus)
A lamniform shark; can grow up to 20 ft (6 m) long. The upper lobe of its tail may make up half of the body length. The common thresher is a surface swimmer, hunting small fish such as herring or sardines. Common thresher pups may be 5 ft (1.5 m) long at birth. They are thought to work in pairs, lashing their tails to frighten groups of fish into a tight pack that can be caught easily. Threshers are sought after by game fisherman, as they are exciting prey. However, they can inflict severe injuries with their powerful tails. Read more about this shark
Tasseled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon)
A carpet shark; The maximum size of the tasselled wobbegong is believed to be 4 feet (1.25 m) total length. Wobbegongs lie half buried in the sand, camouflaged by their speckled colors. Their front teeth are sharp and daggerlike. If food is scarce, these sharks are able to clamber out of the water and cross a reef, from one rock pool to another. Read more about this shark
[Sources used: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Education/bioprofile.htm and Pope, J. (1997). Sharks. New York, N.Y.: DK Pub..]
Today Jojo redesigns Aquaman!
Shark Arm!!! Sorry, I had to get that out of the way. This month, DC Comics is rebooting their whole universe with 52 new #1 issues and new costumes for many of their characters. In an attempt to glom on to this, I’m having Jojo redesign the Justice League.
Now, Aquaman’s costume doesn’t change much. SHARK ARM! Even with the New 52, he looks pretty much the same as he’s always looked. People generally just try to make Aquaman cooler (Shark Arm) and less silly (Shark Arm). Jojo has done the same thing here, saying, “This makes him cool, because now he can still fight when there’s no sharks around to talk to.”
She’s right. DC should do this for real. I can see it now: Aquaman is in a desert, facing off with a crook. The crook says, “You never should have chased me here Aquaman, there’s no sea creatures to call for help.” Then Aquaman narrows his eyes and says, “Talk to the fish.” BAM! The crook gets a shark arm to the face!
Now we just have to wait for DC’s offer to be the new Aquaman team. Shark Arm.