Sunday, 23 February 2014

Is this the world's saddest shark? 'Labrador of the sea' saved after it was nearly strangled to death by elastic cord

Critically endangered 1.5 metre grey nurse shark pulled from polluted water after becoming tangled 

Seven-person team required to free the shark in off Sydney beach

Spieces is known for placid nature despite ferocious appearance

PUBLISHED: 02:17, 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 04:00, 21 February 2014

A critically endangered grey nurse shark was on the verge of death and needed to be rescued after its head and gills became tangled in elastic cord.

The 1.5metre creature was spotted by diver Peter Simpson at Magic Point near Maroubra Beach in Sydney, Australia.

A seven-strong team, made up of Sea Life staff, a vet and Department of Primary Industries fisheries expert, was then dispatched to rescue the shark . They eventually managed to coax the female juvenile into a plastic 'sock'.

Once in the 'sock' the shark was brought safely to the surface on a stretcher where the rope was then removed from its gills and it was provided antibiotic treatment in a life-saving intervention.

A victim of polluted water, the lucky shark was given a second chance at life through the risky procedure performed by the team.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary life sciences manager Rob Townsend said the shark would have died without the life saving-treatment. 

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