If there’s a shark sighting at the beach people might flee to the pool for safety — but yesterday at Manly there was nowhere to escape.
An injured juvenile great white washed up on the beach, with lifeguards keeping watch until experts from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary stepped in to save the day.
Using a sling they moved the shark to the nearby Fairy Bower rock pool, where it soon began to swim around.
“Given the proximity of the pool we thought it was a good place to leave it in the interim while we work out what to do,” the sanctuary’s life sciences manager Rob Townsend, said. “Obviously a shark of this size and species, it’s not something we can immediately deal with.”
By the afternoon about 200 people had gathered to see the shark, with some daredevils even diving into the water for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the ocean predator. The shark was last night taken out of the pool to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.