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Stinger suit

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Penny Palfrey using a stinger suit in her 67.26-mile (108 km) Bridging The Cayman Islands crossing from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands in 2011. Photo by Norma Connolly.
Diana Nyad in her stinger suit on her fourth attempt from Cuba to Florida. Photo by Christi Barli.

noun - A stinger suit is full-length protective swimwear that covers most of the body, including the arms and legs, used by marine biologists, divers, and open water swimmers in order to protective against jellyfish and other venomous creatures of the seas and oceans. It is usually made of sheer porous or closed-cell materials that prevents the barbs on the tentacles of jellyfish from entering the human skin. The stinger suits can be made of a variety of synthetic materials and is usually worn over a swimsuit. Protection also can be augmented by booties (shoes), gloves and some sort of hood or protective headgear that masks the ears, neck, and forehead.

The Stinger Suit™ is a commercial suit popular in Australia that offers a high level of protection from stinging jellyfish.

Origin

Stinger suits derives its name from the dangerous stings of the marine stingers, also known as the box jellyfish, which is highly venomous and whose stings have led to thousands of recorded accidental deaths.

Marathon Swimming

Stinger suits are defined by the Marathon Swimmers Federation as non-performance-enhancing equipment.

Synonym

protective suit, protective swimwear

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