Designers of an advanced wetsuit that is invisible to sharks will need to go back to the drawing board after it's first live field test with human subjects went horribly wrong. The suit, which incorporates concepts derived from years of shark behavioural research, allows surfers to be in close proximity to sharks but not be seen as viable prey to the ocean predator. It was thought the ideal location to test the suit was in South Africa where a number of shark attacks have occurred in recent years but unfortunately moments before the surfer entered the waters off Long Beach he was pounced upon by a large male african lion after being confused for an adult zebra.
The moment when a large African lion made it's move on what it believed to be a large adult zebra.
The creators of the wetsuit are not new to such design failures with a recent similar incident involving the design of a “cool” wetsuit to allow the more socially awkward of the surfing community to surf the waves with the more bodacious kids. The researchers located the coolest young scientist in their team and based off this individual's view of what would be “decidedly wicked and awesome” settled on a Star Trek theme with a particular focus on the Next Generation series as it had that “awesome robot dude who had the same skin colour as the Simpsons”. Unfortunately the test subject had barely begun making their way towards the water before being pounced on by local bullies and humiliated before shocked scientific onlookers who then lied saying that they were not friends of the victim when the bullies turned their attention to them.
Tests with an earlier “cool” design did not make it even close to the water before the test subject was wedgied and then pushed face first into the sand. Many thought a lion attack would have been more humane for the test subject.