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Grant to create shark-proof ‘body armour’ for surfers

A group of South Australian engineers has received a $90,000 state government grant to develop and test a wetsuit fabric that could reduce injuries and blood loss from shark attacks.

The New South Wales government grant will support research at Flinders University in SA to develop a protective material similar to bulletproof and stab-resistant body armour used by police and soldiers.

Charlie Huveneers, leader of the Southern Shark Ecology Group at the university’s college of science and engineering, says the material is similar to Kevlar, a heat-resistant, high-strength synthetic fibre developed in the 1970s.

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