Smithsonian's 'Shark Girl' dives deep into conservation

June 11, 2014 1:59 PM

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Smithsonian's 'Shark Girl' dives deep into conservation

Sharks have become the go-to monsters in movies and pop culture, whether it's Jaws, Jaws 2 or even Syfy's campy Sharknado. But they still remain fairly mysterious and terrifying beasts — a perception the self-dubbed "Shark Girl" is trying to change.

Madison Stewart, a 20-year-old Australian scuba diver who grew up swimming with sharks by the Great Barrier Reef, is a shark conservationist and star of the upcoming Smithsonian Channel documentary, Shark Girl. The documentary follows her efforts to raise awareness of shark fishing practices and the...

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