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Ten-year-old Amaya Edwards urges public to join her marine life-saving mission after rescuing 472 jellyfish on West Norfolk coast





A ten-year-old who has saved hundreds of jellyfish on the coast is urging the public to join her mission to preserve marine life.

Amaya Edwards first showed interest in the gelatinous creatures after seeing children throwing and hurting them at the beach.

This kickstarted her passion for teaching people about the importance of sea animals, and since starting two years ago, she has saved 472 jellyfish by carefully placing ones that had washed up back in the water using a spade.

Amaya is supported by her mum Colette with her passion for marine life
Amaya is supported by her mum Colette with her passion for marine life

Supported by her mum Colette, Amaya does what she can by helping to lead monthly beach cleans at Heacham as part of the Norfolk Beach Cleans initiative.

In addition to this, she reports any injured seals she sees and has made different posters and bookmarks about the dangers of flying rings and not taking rubbish home.

The aspiring marine biologist also created postcards which Hunstanton Sealife Centre sold and made some £500 from and has written and illustrated a series of books called The Adventures Of Boo - of which 10% of the profits go to marine charities.

“Amaya has autism and struggles to communicate with the world around her,” said Colette.

“She has found a way of doing this through her books and posters.

“She thinks of others, she is funny and loves anything to do with marine life.”

Amaya has written three books and donates 10% of the profits to sea life charities
Amaya has written three books and donates 10% of the profits to sea life charities

”I feel incredibly proud of Amaya and all the things she does to help charities and our planet.

“I feel proud that she shows everyone that it doesn’t matter if you have a disability, you can achieve whatever you want.”

Amaya has outlined a number of ways in which people can help coastal creatures:

- Put rubbish in the bin or take it home

- Keep away from seals and seal pups

- Contact the correct people after discovering an injured animal

- Do not use flying rings

- Help jellyfish

- Spread the word

Her books can be purchased here.

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