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'Shark Girl' swims with, fights for sharks

'Shark Girl' Swims With, Fights For Sharks

Madison Stewart is a 20-year-old woman who spends her spare time swimming with sharks. She visited "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning to discuss, well, why.



"Once you meet a shark, all that fear of them just kind of disappears. They're my buddies ... I'm losing them. Ninety percent of the sharks are gone from our oceans, and Great Barrier Reef is home to illegal shark fishery."

According to Sunshine Coast Daily, Stewart, who shoots her own short films, is now the star of a documentary called "Shark Girl." The activist says she wants to help people understand sharks, so that they'll fight for sharks' safety and wellbeing as they do for dolphins or whales.

New York Daily News spoke with Stewart by phone. She said, "There is no such thing as 'Jaws.' I want people to see these animals as something that should be respected, and not as mindless killers we need to eliminate."

Although, we can't ignore the fact that shark attacks happen every year, USA Today points out:

"There's an average of about 10 deaths a year from shark attacks worldwide ... but about 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year."

And Stewart has been vigilant about her fight. In a video on YouTube, she says:

"When you take the oceans away, you've got Mars. It's really the heartbeat of our planet. And there was once a time we thought we couldn't do anything to impact it, but that's changed now, and we are impacting it greatly."

The Smithsonian Channel will feature the documentary "Shark Girl" this Sunday.

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CHUCK June 13 2014 at 4:36 PM

Most 20 year olds haven't got all their brain cells working together. That's why they do stupid things like that.

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Richard CHUCK June 13 2014 at 6:09 PM

That's true. The human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 26, and the last part to develop is the part that enables a person to fully realize that what we do now can and often does have serious detrimental effects later in our life, Therefore parental guidence is still an asset for young people.

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CHUCK Richard June 13 2014 at 6:55 PM

Thank you Richard. You have the knowledge. Congrats.

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delraythumper June 13 2014 at 11:16 AM

On the average, sharks "kill" about 10 people every year. On the average, people actually, with intent, kill 100,000,000 every year. That's ONE HUNDRED MILLION !! On the average, guns kill 30,000 plus Americans every year. On the average, Americans are quite happy with those killings.

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ofleck delraythumper June 13 2014 at 1:46 PM

60% of those deaths are suicides while 3% are accidental. That leaves around 11,000 deaths committed by criminals....of those approximately 8,900 are gang related (Source: CDC)
That means that there were just 2,200 non gang-related firearm murders in a country of over 300 million people and 250 million guns.
Also, In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618 (Source: FBI)
guns are not the problem!

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steves1709 delraythumper June 13 2014 at 11:06 PM

Americans are NOT happy that 30,000 Americans die from guns every year. Pathetic post.

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nam2205 June 13 2014 at 12:31 PM

Another idiot.

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steves1709 June 13 2014 at 11:11 PM

So many insulting, hateful comments. Darn near ZERO of them are from an experienced diver. Her message is an important one, that sharks and the entire ocean ecosystem should not be abused!!!

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johnny b good June 13 2014 at 3:21 PM

she won't be with us long !!

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newmarket2014 June 13 2014 at 3:40 PM

Once she gets her leg bitten off maybe she will change her mind!

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jakki051 newmarket2014 June 13 2014 at 7:57 PM

If she survives!

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quique June 14 2014 at 12:00 AM

I have over 1100 save scuba dives. My wife and I have swam with many sharks including hammerheads and tiger sharks. Her message is so true, these are wonderful creatures and so important to the ecosystem. So many comments from people who have no knowledge of the ocean. What a pity

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sexyychic23 June 14 2014 at 12:03 AM

More power to her. I wouldn't have the guts to do it.

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abourge458 June 14 2014 at 12:18 AM

Hmm, Swims with sharks. Her name is.........Madison.
Mr Hanks, I think I found that girl you made the movie with! She looks a little different now but.... All that time in the water has gotta affect your appearance after a few years, I guess. Still do-able though!

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vincent.barnes1 June 13 2014 at 8:55 PM

This is what happens when the parents put there kid in front of the tv with Finding nemo playing over and over......it was just a line in tbe movie "Fish are friends not food"

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