Child exploring shark model at the Sydney Science Trail expo 2022.

Join shark expert Dr Amy Smoothey from the NSW Department of Primary Industries to bust myths and learn the ‘tooth’ about sharks!

Image: James Horan
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Ages: 5 years + (All children must be accompanied by an adult).

What makes a shark, a shark?

Join shark expert Dr Amy Smoothey from the NSW Department of Primary Industries to bust myths and learn the ‘tooth’ about sharks!

Beginning with a fun and interactive demonstration, Amy will use real specimens, video snippets and the help of volunteers from the audience to explore sharks’ extraordinary adaptations, the diversity of species and habitats, their importance to marine ecosystems and ways you can be shark smart in our beautiful oceans and waterways.

Kids will then be invited to jump onto the stage to handle the shark tooth and jaw specimens on display and ask Amy all their sharpest shark questions.



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About Dr Amy Smoothey

Dr Amy Smoothey, Marine Ecologist at New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Dr Amy Smoothey, Marine Ecologist at New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. Image: Supplied
© Dr Amy Smoothey

Dr Amy Smoothey, is a Marine Ecologist working at New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, who spends her days (and nights) researching these fascinating animals to understand when, where and why sharks are in certain areas to help protect sharks and keep people safe. For over 12 years, Dr Smoothey has led research projects to understand aspects of the biology and ecology of sharks along the east coast of Australia and is involved with various aspects of the NSW Shark Management Program which aims to increase protection for beachgoers while minimising harm to sharks and other marine life.

Dr Smoothey is a passionate and experienced science communicator who is dedicated to sharing her research within schools, scientific community and the general public. Amy is actively involved in mentoring future marine ecologist by supervising several PhD, Master’s and Honour’s students. Amy continues to publisher her research finding is in peer-reviewed journals and has featured in many National Geographic and Discovery channel documentaries as with local media.


Sharks is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Blockbuster Funding initiative.




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