In the summer of 2014 the West Australian Government began baiting sharks on drumlines off Perth and south-west beaches. The policy was in response to seven deaths by shark attacks in three years. The shark cull was an unpopular policy for a people used to living and playing in a biodiversity rich marine environment. Thousands of people rallied in support of calls to end the cull with a small number taking to the water in a campaign of direct action designed to thwart the cull and save hooked sharks. For the three months the baited hooks hung off the WA coast animal rights activists and environmental campaigners engaged in a series of covert actions to rescue the hooked animals, revive drowning sharks and sabotage the drumlines. They risked huge fines and jail terms in their bid to stop the cull and saved endangered sharks from ending up as carcasses on the bottom of the ocean.This is their story.

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