Revellers watch as ‘Fluffy’ the Great White Shark enjoys Sydney pool

2017-09-12 16:48
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An injured juvenile great white shark that washed up on a popular Sydney beach has been released back into the ocean after spending a few hours in a tidal pool.  

According to The Guardian, ‘Fluffy’, as he’s affectionately been named, washed up on Sydney’s popular Manly beach with minor mouth, belly and tail injuries on Monday.

Staff from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary made repeated attempts to return the injured 1,5m (4,9ft) animal to the sea, but it kept returning to land, Sky News reports.

Desperate to get young Fluffy settled the team then put the shark in a sling and carried it to a nearby rock pool to assess its health as crowds of excited beachgoers looked on. 

Revellers were happy to get out of the pool and watch as Fluffy thrashed about in the Fairy Bower rock pool at Manly Beach for a few hours. 

Fluffy was later taken to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary where he was monitored overnight and, according to experts, made a good recovery.

Just over 24 hours after being beached Fluffy has been put back into the ocean and was sent on his way about four kilometres off the Sydney coast earlier today.

"These great white sharks usually are animals that would tend to be offshore a bit, out in the deeper, more unrestricted waters,” Robbie McCracken, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary senior aquarist, told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"This one for whatever reason found its way up into the beaches of Manly and then into the surf zone where it came into a bit of grief. That is where we were able to step in and sort of intervene."

Robbie McCracken added it was "extremely rare" for a shark to beach itself.

Sources: The Sydney Morning HeraldSky News, The Guardian  

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