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This Is How Fluffy The Great White Shark Ended Up In A Sydney Pool

"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."

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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.

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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.

Shark in #Manly bower pool right now. She just washed up on Manly beach. Beautiful to see such a gorgeous animal

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.

'Fluffy' is now being cared for at the Manly Sea Life sanctuary. #9Today

"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 news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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