Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

White Shark Released From Ocean By The Sydney Ocean Pool

White Shark Released From Ocean By The Sydney Ocean Pool

A great white shark has been temporarily rehomed in a Sydney swimming pool after washing up on a popular swimming beach.

Beachgoer Alex Martiniuk told public broadcaster ABC that she saw rescuers moving the shark from the beach to the pool with a sling.

Manly Sea Life confirmed to 7News that the shark is a juvenile great white after earlier reports it was a mako.

Witnesses told 7News the shark appeared to have a broken jaw.

The pool will remain closed until the shark is released.

Dependant on the shark's condition, it's expected he/she will be released back into the wild today. "We place it in the pool to screen it without waves".

The shark washed shorewards around noontime and was not able come back to the water, flopping in the shallows.

The shark appeared to be injured. Source 7 News
The shark appeared to be injured. Source 7 News

Dramatic video emerged on Monday afternoon showing Fluffy rapidly moving his tail on the shore of the busy beach shortly after midday.

Mr McCraken said it was a mystery why Fluffy tried to beach himself. "That is where we were able to step in and sort of intervene".

The shark was expelled from the pool on Monday night and taken to the adjacent Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

'Lifeguards on jet ski kept a close watch and then marine rescue arrived to bring it to shore on a stretcher, ' the witness said.

But it soon became clear the predator was more in danger than beachgoers, as it appeared to have an injury in its mouth and was struggling to return to the water.

"We were down on the beach for lunch with my family". Lovely to see such a gorgeous animal, ' one wrote on Twitter.

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