20 year-old Madison Stewart, also known as "Shark Girl," is a dive master and underwater filmmaker. The young Australian grew up on the oceans and, having lived on a yacht from the age of two, has spent nearly every day of her life in the water. One defining factor of Madison's childhood was seeing sharks in the wild. At a very young age, her ocean encounters led Madison to aspire to one thing, a future where she was always around sharks.
She did not anticipate that she would one day have to fight for that right.
When she returned to the Great Barrier Reef at age 14, she was expecting to see the same reefs and the same sharks, but what she discovered would change her life. She only saw one shark in the water, but it was hiding, too scared to come close.
Madison never expected to see shark populations disappear in her lifetime. But it's happening at an alarming rate at the hands of humans. As a result she has dedicated the last few years of her life to raise awareness about the injustices happening to sharks in the ocean's waters, fueled by the memory of what the reef was like before the sharks began to disappear.