Shark takes a shine to Sydney beach

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A baby great white shark that stunned onlookers when it washed up on a popular Sydney beach was released back into the ocean today after spending the night in an aquarium.
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Staff from Manly Sea Life Sanctuary carry a 1.5 meter-long juvenile great white shark onto a boat to be released in Sydney on September 12, 2017.

A baby great white shark that stunned onlookers when it washed up on a popular Sydney beach was released back into the ocean today after spending the night in an aquarium.

The thrashing 1.5-meter animal, nicknamed “Fluffy” by marine experts, came ashore at the busy Manly beach on Monday.

“When you see a real-life shark, it’s scary,” Dan Korocz, who was at the beach with his young family, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“I’ve got a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old and we went down to the water’s edge and then it came in.”

Several attempts were made to immediately return the injured shark to the sea by staff from the nearby Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, but it kept coming back to land.

The Sea Life team then put the creature in a sling and carried it to a nearby rock pool — attracting crowds of curious onlookers — while they worked out what to do.

They later took the shark to the sanctuary, where its health was assessed and it made a good recovery overnight, said the center’s senior aquarist Robbie McCracken.

“Fluffy” was finally released into the open ocean after being loaded into a tank of water on a boat today.


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