An animal behaviourist has set up a marine wildlife project for schoolchildren to get their teeth into.
Sarah Roberts is on a mission to increase young people’s awareness of marine life, conservation and water pollution after working up close and personal with deadly sea creatures.
The former Hodgson High School pupil has spent months working with some of the world’s most dangerous or endangered sharks in the Bahamas, off the coast of South Western USA.
Now the 24-year-old has set up The Bite Project, to work with Fylde coast school pupils to teach about marine animals and exotic creatures from around the world.
Sarah, from Great Eccleston, said: “The mission is to get as many people enthused by the marine world as possible, hopefully motivating some to support and get actively involved in the field in years to come.
Since graduating from Myerscough College with a degree in animal behaviour and welfare, where she won a prize for her dissertation on shark behaviour, she has carried out field projects in the UK and abroad.
She added: “I spent time in the Bahamas last year, at the world renowned Bimini Biological Field Station, known as the shark lab.
“I worked up close and personal, tagging, tracking and assisting in behavioural studies on a number of different species of sharks, including the three metre long Tiger Shark and the juvenile Lemon Shark.”
Sarah, also a professional scuba diver, and her team mates on The Bite Project have also worked with dolphins off the coast of the UK and on coral reefs in Tanzania, Africa.
She said: “Our collective experiences, particularly our work with sharks and dolphins, mean we have a huge database of photos, videos, and authentic learning materials (including real shark bite scars!) to show when we go into schools.”