Fluffy, the juvenile great white shark washed up on Manly beach has been released back into the ocean off Sydney.
Marine experts from Manly Sealife Sanctuary spent 24 hours caring for and observing the 1.8 metres shark, took Fluffy 4km offshore on Tuesday afternoon to release him into the ocean, apparently unharmed.
The male shark was originally found washed ashore on Monday and staff from the Manly Sealife Sanctuary transferred it to nearby Fairy Bower pool for observation, where the sanctuary’s life sciences manager, Rob Townsend, jokingly nicknamed the animal “Fluffy” and it stuck.
The shark became an instant tourism attraction, with hundreds of onlookers surrounding the harbourside pool before Fluffy was transferred to a holding tank at the Manly sanctuary for a full health assessment.
Townsend said the aquarists had “high hopes” for the animal.
“White sharks are generally found in off shore environments and are strong swimmers so it is really unusual for one to wash up like this,” he said.
“It is always great to be able to release an animal like this back to the wild and to see the amount of public support he had.”
While feared by surfers and swimmers, great whites are a threatened species and protected.
Here’s Fluffy being set free.
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