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Shark ‘mystery’ investigated

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
VideoThe shark was spotted in the swimming enclosure on Saturday morning at Ellen Cove

The City of Albany will continue to investigate how a 1.8m shark got inside the swimming enclosure on Saturday morning.

The whaler, as identified by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, was spotted about 8am by a swimmer, who alerted authorities.

The shark was successfully removed after more than 8 hours inside the net.
Camera IconThe shark was successfully removed after more than 8 hours inside the net. Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

Police arrived at the beach and called swimmers out of the water.

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City of Albany executive director infrastructure and environment Matthew Thomson said an inspection of the swimming enclosure on Saturday found it intact.

“There was no obvious way the shark could have swum into the enclosure,” he said.

“How the shark came to be in the enclosure is a mystery and we will continue to investigate possible causes.”

Adrian Shepherd was at the beach when he saw police directing swimmers out of the water.

“I walked over to the jetty and saw the shark and got some footage,” he said.

“It looked as though it was a bronzy just under 2m.”

A drone and a jet ski were used to scare the shark from the barrier, and more than eight hours after it was spotted, it was successfully removed.

Divers inspected the net and a surf ski was used to scare the shark out
Camera IconDivers inspected the net and a surf ski was used to scare the shark out Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

The $200,000 shark barrier was installed in 2016 for a three-year trial.

The beach remained closed until Sunday.

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