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Jeremiah Sullivan
Founder of SharkArmor Tech launched 2013 and creator of the Neptunic Brand 1978-2012



Jeremiah Sullivan

In the late 1970's, marine biologist Jeremiah Sullivan developed a flexible suit of armor for divers to wear while working around sharks. Often referred to as; Metal Mesh Shark Suit, Chain Mail Anti-Shark Suit, Steel Mesh Shark Suit, Neptunic sharksuit etc. Jeremiah is now moving on to a new endeavor and is no longer involved with the Neptunic brand that he created. He is currently integrating the results of his 35 year success and direct testing into his latest generation Sharksuits and other protective gear available exclusively under his new brand 'SharkArmor'. The technology Sullivan developed and continues to advance is known and used throughout the world. Jeremiah's pioneering work with anti-shark bite
technology has become the world standard among those who must work under hazardous circumstances with sharks in the open sea.

He is recognized as the pioneer of extreme interactions with sharks. Jeremiah has sustained thousands of shark bites with no significant injuries to himself, divers in his care, or the sharks with which he works. Jeremiah is known as the first person to have believed in the possibility of and actually conducted "Friendly Encounters" with Great White Sharks in the open sea (1987-8), proving that nonaggressive encounters were possible with even this most powerful and
First known 'Friendly Encounter' with Great White Sharks
fabled species. These successes along with his many appearances in television programs like "Wild Kingdom" since the early 80's shattered many myths about sharks and helped pave the way for what is now a global shark diving industry, not to mention Discovery Channel's somewhat notorious "Sharkweek." He and or his products have participated in approximately 100 television and film projects, as well as museum and technology exhibits including the Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern
Great White Shark image taken by Jeremiah in Southern Australia
Art in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Essen, Germany, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, The Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan and was a top nominee for the INDEX Award 2007 in Copenhagen. In March '08 Jeremiah received among other inquiries a request for participation from the Royal Armouries in London.

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