Fluffy, the juvenile great white shark found struggling on the shore of Manly Beach in Sydney, will hopefully be returned to the ocean today after spending the night in an aquarium.
The shark was discovered on the edge of Manly Beach on Monday.
Fluffy repeatedly tried to swim onto the sand, and after four or five attempts to pull him back out to sea Manly Sea Life Sanctuary staff made the decision to move him to a nearby pool.
The shark was later taken to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary where he was monitored overnight. Robbie McCracken, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary senior aquarist, told Nine's Today Show that subject to the approval of NSW Fisheries, Fluffy would be returned to the ocean later today.
"He's had a chance to rest up, a chance to recoup, and hopefully we will be able to release him a bit later today," he said.
"This animal is better suited to recover out in its environment, and so we are hoping that it sort of mistakenly found its way into an area it didn't intend to be, and got a bit tired and exhausted and then stressed with the waves and all the people around it.
"Hopefully when we let it back out quite a ways offshore in much deeper water it will be able to recover."
McCracken said staff at the sanctuary had been "tossing around the name Fluffy because he is pretty adorable".
Josh Taylor is a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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