Shark girl heads into un­charted wa­ters

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

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.

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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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d433300

Marine Science stu­dent Amanda El­iz­a­beth.

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