Shark girl heads into uncharted waters
STUDYING Marine Science at Murdoch University sparked an intense interest in sharks for Amanda Elizabeth, of West Perth.
Now the marine scientist is on a journey to uncover the effects of shark drum lines on marine life in the documentary SharkWars.
Ms Elizabeth launched the project last Saturday and will seek to crowdfund a trailer that will be presented to broadcasters, with the hope that it will be snapped up by pay TV.
She said she found sharks fascinating, partly because so little was still known about them.
“When I was doing marine science at Murdoch, I learnt a lot about sharks,” Ms Elizabeth said. “I’ve always been interested in them.
“There has been a lot of attention on drum lines. I want to follow the story and look at what alternatives there are.
“A lot of great technology is being developed in WA.”
Ms Elizabeth said shark deterrent wetsuits that were developed in WA would be used during filming.
“I don't think people are aware of how detrimental drum lines can be to marine life; it's about getting that balance between the safety of swimmers and surfers with the welfare of marine life,” she said.
“We are a young team so the audience will be coming with me on my journey as we hear information experts.”
The Shark Wars mascot Shelby the Shark was part of Saturday’s launch in the Perth CBD and will be around over the next month.
For a chance to appear as an extra in the documentary, take a photo with Shelby and post the photo to the Shark Wars Documentary Facebook page or Twitter with the hashtag #Sharkwarsdoco.
Marine Science student Amanda Elizabeth.