Sydney Swimmers Totally Unaware Of Shark In Beach Pool
Sydney swimmers have received the shock of their lives this morning as they realised there was a shark swimming beneath them in the beach pool in Palm Beach on Tuesday.
The dusky whaler was spotted swimming with other swimmers in the morning before being rescued and released into the ocean at around 2:30pm.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Jennifer Hill from Bilgola said she was swimming the pool for around an hour before she realised the shark was there, after being alerted by a bystander.
“My initial response was obviously it wasn’t very hungry because it had ample opportunity,” she joked. “It was a beautiful experience.
“Everybody who swam in the pool this morning didn’t know … except one person.”
The shark was only 80-90cm long and was thought to be of no threat to humans, but while many people wouldn’t worry about such a companion for their morning laps, as a person petrified of sharks, I may have just suffered a heart attack.
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary’s Hope Nugent, who helped rescue the shark, said she wasn’t sure how the shark even ended up there. “We don’t know how it ended up in the pool, but there have been high tides and sometimes they come in on the high tide,” she said.
“You do tend to get other animals, such as stingrays (ending up in ocean pools), but it’s quite infrequent for sharks to get caught in there.”