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How Otters are Inspiring a New Wetsuit Design

How Otters are Inspiring a New Wetsuit Design

October 12, 20164922Views110Comments

Fortunately for scuba divers, people are always trying to find ways to build a better wetsuit. Scientists at MIT have decided there is no better place to look for inspiration than nature itself, observing that many animals, such as otters and beavers, spend their lives dipping in and out of the water. Now, these researchers are looking at how otter fur can inspire a new wetsuit design.

Watch this informative video to see how the next generation of wetsuits may move away from thick neoprene to lighter, more flexible textiles inspired by animals that live their lives in the water.

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