Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sydney aquarium to release shark after pool-aided rescue

Sydney aquarium to release shark after pool-aided rescue

"This species, particularly with this shark, they don't do very well in enclosed areas so we had lots of divers in the tank last night making sure he didn't bump into the walls", Mr Townsend told AAP on Tuesday.

A baby great white shark, injured and washed up on a beach in Sydney, was given refuge in a public swimming pool on Monday (Sept 11).

The 1.5-metre-long shark, nicknamed "Fluffy", was found thrashing around on the shore on Monday and taken to a nearby ocean pool to rest, before spending the night at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary aquarium.

Rob Daly told 7 News Online that he was just nipping out for coffee when he spotted the shark, initially thinking it was a stingray.

Another onlooker, Alex Martiniuk, tweeted: "Shark in Manly bower pool right now".

Hundreds of beachgoers flocked to Fairy Bower to see him swim laps of the pool and social media was flooded with pictures and videos.

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'White sharks don't do well long-term in captivity, ' he said.

Ms Connell was one of the staff who hopped into the pool at the sanctuary to prevent the shark harming itself.

"The condition this morning is dramatically better than the condition on the beach yesterday afternoon", Mr McCracken said. "That is where we were able to step in and sort of intervene".

'Lifeguards on jet ski kept a close watch and then marine rescue arrived to bring it to shore on a stretcher, ' the witness said. It had been struggling in the water, before getting trapped by the rocks.

"We were down on the beach for lunch with my family. Handsome to see such a gorgeous animal".

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