A Fin Line
“If you go down to the pool today. You’re sure of a big surprise.” It might not be how the children’s song goes, but a surprise is certainly what bathers at a pool in Sydney Australia got when they turned up for a swim. For the ocean pool was shut to swimmers as it was being used as a temporary home for a young great white shark that had been found stranded on Manly beach. The 1.5 metre long shark, which has been named “Fluffy”, had suffered superficial injuries and after being carried on a stretcher to the pool, was later taken to an aquarium. The plan is for Fluffy to be released back into the sea once it has recovered from its ordeal. Robbie McCracken, from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, said the shark had been in a state of stress. “Its best chance for survival is to be back out in the wild after it has had a chance to rest and recover from its ordeal,” he told the Australia Broadcasting Corp. It seems however that not all the sunbathers got the message to keep out of the water, as Ms Alex Martiniuk told the BBC, “The guys needed to work fairly quickly and lifted the shark into the pool and down the steps…Five people were swimming in the pool at the time and they hopped out very quickly”. Bet they never swam so fast in their lives.