There has been a lot of shark talk lately around San Clemente. Great whites from 6 to 10 foot are spotted almost every day right up on the beach. Most days there are at least a few in the same area in north SC/ Capo Beach. This is about a mile from where my kids will be spending hours in the water every day with the Jr. Lifeguards program as well as surfing on their own. I also have two 10 day dive trips to the Bahamas and Dry Tortugas as well as some planned dives on the wrecks in west Florida with the kids as well. In these areas we will be diving in close proximity to hundreds of sharks. All of this has me thinking a lot about shark deterrents and protection. Both myself and my kids are no strangers to diving with sharks but I was thinking that maybe there is some level of protection that we could create. Actual shark suits made of stainless steel chain mail work very well but cost around $10,000
Last week while filleting a YT, I was looking at the protective glove that I sometimes use to cut fish, especially after I am a few beers in
This is a Kevlar glove that has a stainless weave as well and stands up to even an aggressive slash with a sharp fillet knife. They make sleeves as well in the same material and even stretchy lycra pants with Kevlar panels, or dyneema weaves sewn in that are cut resistance level 5. I know these materials do not withstand punctures well so a stab with a knife will poke through (although with less penetration than without). A sharks teeth would no doubt poke through the material but my thought was that maybe the shark bite would leave the punctures from each tooth but not slice through and remove the entire bite of flesh. I am not expecting protection from a full size white shark or Tiger but am hoping to lessen the damage from a smaller shark like a juvenile GWS, reef sharks, small bulls, etc. So does anyone have any info on the effectiveness or lack thereof of these "super materials" ??