8. Killer venom

SYNOPSIS: This story requires contributors in North Queensland to discuss the venomous animals that inhabit the region. Scientific facts can be contributed by venom expert Dr Jamie Seymour and other local experts.

RATIONALE: Australia is known for it’s dangerous animals. Many documentaries are made about them and enjoyed by viewers around the world, but how much do the locals really know? What local stories about snakes and spiders and jellyfish are out there? Scientists want people to be aware of their work and the venoms animals sharing the neighbourhood. Members of the community are usually always interested in this topic.

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EXAMPLE: During the original round of offers for ABC Open regional producer I asked Dr Jamie Seymour if he would like to create a story about Irukandji jellyfish. After having a chat and recording an interview Jamie supplied photos and I put together a series of videos about Irukandji.

Posted: October 8th, 2010
Categories: Story ideas for ABC Open
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Comment from Celia Berrell - October 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Dr Jamie Seymour tells great stories with energy and enthusiasm. I think this kind of topic can get everyone going!

Comment from Bess Manley - October 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

The more we know about the animals, the less motivated we are simply by fear. With knowledge to back us up we are more likely to act appropriately (rather than just instinctively) when we encounter a venomous animal, resulting on a better outcome for both animal and person.