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A marine biologist who pioneered a shark-proof wetsuit in the late 1970s now has so much faith in the power of his invention that he puts them to the test by pushing his limbs into the jaws of predators (photo)

A marine biologist who at the end of the 1970s had a & # 39; shark-free & # 39; Wetsuit pioneered, has so much faith in the power of his invention that he regularly tests them by pushing his protected limbs into the jaws of predators.

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Jeremiah Sullivan is a marine biologist known for his research on sharks and for his various designs of chain mail suits since his original design, patented in 1980.

The San Diego-based scientist has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with.

Now he has tested the latest version of his super-strong wetsuit, which he says is built to withstand the blow of an ax by having a deadly 14-foot tiger shark bite his protected arm.

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A marine biologist who pioneered a shark-proof wetsuit in the late 1970s now has so much faith in the power of his invention that he puts them to the test by pushing his limbs into the jaws of predators (photo)

A marine biologist who pioneered a shark-proof wetsuit in the late 1970s now has so much faith in the power of his invention that he puts them to the test by pushing his limbs into the jaws of predators (photo)

HOW DOES THE SHARKSUIT WORK?

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Marine biologist Jeremiah Sullivan filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a wetsuit designed to protect shark bite carriers.

It is a hard, lobster-like dish made of chain mail or steel mesh, with plates of sturdy plastic embedded in stains away from joints to maintain the mobility of the wearer.

He wrote in the patent and said: & # 39; If the shark's teeth touch a hard surface, especially a hard metal surface, the shark will usually deteriorate. & # 39;

Neptunic, the company that Mr. Sullivan founded in 1978, still sells modern variations on this design – costs $ 5,000 (£ 3,990) in stainless steel and $ 25,000 (£ 19,940) in titanium.

His more recent company, SharkArmor, launched in 2013, uses & # 39; Blackmaille & # 39; armor designed to be stronger, lighter and stealthier than previous versions.

The performance will be included in an upcoming episode of the National Geographic series about wildlife Man Vs Shark.

Viewers will see the moment when the tiger shark has used more than 400 kilograms of power to clamp its jaws on the chain mail suit of the fearless aquatic explorer.

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Incredibly, Mr. Sullivan walks away from the meeting with just a few dents and scratches on the suit.

Speaking of the experience, he told the Daily Beast: & # 39; I have been bitten thousands of times. Thrown around a bit. Well beaten up. My teeth were almost knocked out. Certainly chewed on a lot.

& # 39; I felt pretty sure of what I was doing, but the tiger sharks I had saved for later. They are known to have one of the most destructive bites and do a lot of damage when they grab hold of things and try to chew them a bit.

& # 39; We were not sure what would happen. I had many people with me who were pretty sure that if I bit, the other tiger sharks would attack me. & # 39;

& # 39; I had to approach this thing knowing it could be bad, but I was sure I was on the right track. & # 39;

Jeremiah Sullivan is a marine biologist who is best known for his research on sharks and for his various designs of chain mail suits since his original design, patented in 1980. Pictured: up close and personal with a tiger shark
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Jeremiah Sullivan is a marine biologist who is best known for his research on sharks and for his various designs of chain mail suits since his original design, patented in 1980. Pictured: up close and personal with a tiger shark

Jeremiah Sullivan is a marine biologist who is best known for his research on sharks and for his various designs of chain mail suits since his original design, patented in 1980. Pictured: up close and personal with a tiger shark

The San Diego-based scientist has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: the tiger shark takes a bite

The San Diego-based scientist has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: the tiger shark takes a bite

The San Diego-based scientist has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: the tiger shark takes a bite

Mr Sullivan has tested the latest version of his super-strong wetsuit, which he says can withstand the blow of an ax by having a deadly 14-foot tiger shark bite his protected arm (photo)

Mr Sullivan has tested the latest version of his super-strong wetsuit, which he says can withstand the blow of an ax by having a deadly 14-foot tiger shark bite his protected arm (photo)

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Mr Sullivan has tested the latest version of his super-strong wetsuit, which he says can withstand the blow of an ax by having a deadly 14-foot tiger shark bite his protected arm (photo)

The performance (photo) will appear in an upcoming episode of the National Geographic wildlife documentary series Man Vs Shark due to air on Monday

The performance (photo) will appear in an upcoming episode of the National Geographic wildlife documentary series Man Vs Shark due to air on Monday

The performance (photo) will appear in an upcoming episode of the National Geographic wildlife documentary series Man Vs Shark due to air on Monday

Mr. Sullivan is recognized as a pioneer of extreme interaction with sharks and has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with.

His work with & # 39; Friendly Encounters & # 39; with great white sharks in the open sea proved that non-aggressive encounters were possible with this powerful species, thereby dispelling many of the myths around them.

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He is also known for his regular appearances on nature documentaries during the past decades, including on Wild Kingdom, which was revived on Animal Planet from 2002.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Sullivan learned to swim under water before he could swim on the surface.

He started in the early 1970s & # 39; 70 as a domestic naturalist and divemaster in & # 39; the world's most remote areas aboard the expedition ship MV Lindblad Explorer, & # 39; the world's first cruise ship specifically used to navigate the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Viewers will see the moment when the tiger shark used more than 400 kilos of power to clamp its jaws down on the chain recipe suit of the fearless aquatic explorer (photo)

Viewers will see the moment when the tiger shark used more than 400 kilos of power to clamp its jaws down on the chain recipe suit of the fearless aquatic explorer (photo)

Viewers will see the moment when the tiger shark used more than 400 kilos of power to clamp its jaws down on the chain recipe suit of the fearless aquatic explorer (photo)

Incredibly, Mr. Sullivan walks away from the meeting with just a few dents and scratches on the suit. Pictured: a shark approaches the scientist

Incredibly, Mr. Sullivan walks away from the meeting with just a few dents and scratches on the suit. Pictured: a shark approaches the scientist

Incredibly, Mr. Sullivan walks away from the meeting with just a few dents and scratches on the suit. Pictured: a shark approaches the scientist

Mr. Sullivan is recognized as a pioneer of extreme interaction with sharks and has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: a tiger shark

Mr. Sullivan is recognized as a pioneer of extreme interaction with sharks and has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: a tiger shark

Mr. Sullivan is recognized as a pioneer of extreme interaction with sharks and has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with. Pictured: a tiger shark

Mr. Sullivan's work with & # 39; Friendly Encounters & # 39; with great white sharks in the open sea proved that non-aggressive encounters were possible with this powerful species, driving away many of the myths around them. Pictured - An encounter with a hammerhead shark

Mr. Sullivan's work with & # 39; Friendly Encounters & # 39; with great white sharks in the open sea proved that non-aggressive encounters were possible with this powerful species, driving away many of the myths around them. Pictured - An encounter with a hammerhead shark

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Mr. Sullivan's work with & # 39; Friendly Encounters & # 39; with great white sharks in the open sea proved that non-aggressive encounters were possible with this powerful species, driving away many of the myths around them. Pictured – An encounter with a hammerhead shark

In the late 1970s, Mr Sullivan developed a flexible harness for divers to wear while working around sharks and called it the shark suit.

In 1978 he founded the Neptunic brand that was responsible for the development of the suit, which is referred to in various ways as a metal mesh shark suit, shark mail suit with sharks, a steel mesh shark suit and a neptun suit.

It is a hard, lobster-like dish made of chain mail or steel mesh, with plates of sturdy plastic embedded in stains away from joints to maintain the mobility of the wearer.

He wrote in the patent and said: & # 39; If the shark's teeth touch a hard surface, especially a hard metal surface, the shark will usually deteriorate. & # 39;

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Neptunic still sells modern variations on this design – costs $ 5,000 (£ 3,990) in stainless steel and $ 25,000 (£ 19,940) in titanium.

In 2013, Sullivan left Neptunic to establish a new brand, SharkArmor, based on his previous research.

It uses & # 39; Blackmaille & # 39; blackened steel armor designed to be stronger, lighter and stealthier than earlier versions.

Man vs. Shark will premiere in the UK on Monday, July 15 at 9:00 PM BST on National Geographic Wild.

Mr Sullivan (photo) is known for his regular appearances on nature documentaries in recent decades, including on Wild Kingdom, revived on Animal Planet from 2002

Mr Sullivan (photo) is known for his regular appearances on nature documentaries in recent decades, including on Wild Kingdom, revived on Animal Planet from 2002

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Mr Sullivan (photo) is known for his regular appearances on nature documentaries in recent decades, including on Wild Kingdom, revived on Animal Planet from 2002

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MARINE BIOLOGIST JEREMIAH SULLIVAN?

Jeremiah Sullivan is a marine biologist who is best known for his research on sharks and his various designs of & # 39; shark-resistant & # 39; to grab.

He is recognized as a pioneer of extreme interaction with sharks and has sustained thousands of shark bites without significant injuries to himself, divers in his care or the sharks he works with.

His work with & # 39; Friendly Encounters & # 39; with great white sharks in the open sea proved that non-aggressive encounters were possible with this powerful species, thereby dispelling many of the myths around them.

He is also known for his regular appearances on nature documentaries during the past decades, including on Wild Kingdom, which was revived on Animal Planet from 2002.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Sullivan learned to swim under water before he could swim on the surface.

He started in the early 1970s & # 39; 70 as a domestic naturalist and divemaster in & # 39; the world's most remote areas aboard the expedition ship MV Lindblad Explorer, & # 39; the world's first cruise ship specifically used to navigate the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

In the late 1970s, Mr Sullivan developed a flexible harness for divers to wear while working around sharks and called it the shark suit.

In 1978 he founded the Neptunic brand that was responsible for the development of the suit, which is referred to in various ways as a metal mesh shark suit, shark mail suit with sharks, a steel mesh shark suit and a neptun suit.

In 2012, Sullivan left Neptunic to establish a new brand, SharkArmor, based on his previous research.

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