Manly Beach visitors shocked by great white shark washing up

It’s the most Australian photo ever — a couple of beach bums sunning themselves in Sydney as a shark circles just metres away in a rockpool for swimmers.

The shark in question, a juvenile great white, first washed up on the popular Manly Beach about midday, and you could have forgiven people for keeping their distance.

Dan Korocz was among the stunned onlookers who saw the predator thrashing in the shallows.

“When you see a real-life shark, it’s scary,” he said.

“We were down on the beach for lunch with my family.

“I’ve got a four-year-old and a two-year-old and we went down to the waters’ edge and then it came in.”

Mr Korocz said the shark kept beaching itself on the sand, and that’s where staff from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary stepped in.

The trained professionals used a sling to move the animal to the nearby Fairy Bower Pool and then later transported the shark to the sanctuary.

And the method of transport used could not have been more Australian.

“We … put it in a tub on the back of a ute,” said life sciences manager Rob Townsend.

The shark will remain at the aquarium overnight in an isolated tank but divers will keep it company.

“White sharks in general don’t do well in captivity for long periods of time so we have to have divers in there to make sure he doesn’t bounce off the walls,” Mr Townsend said.

“We have a roster of divers so there will always be someone in the water with it.”

Mr Townsend said as long as the shark’s condition does not deteriorate they hope to undertake a release back into the wild today.

The injuries on the shark are superficial, he said, and cognitive function appears normal.

“We hope to get to the bottom of why he washed up in the first place.”

 

Putin condemns North Korea’s nuclear test, calls for talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test but also warned against using military force against the country, calling it a “road to nowhere” that could lead to a “global catastrophe.”

North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, triggering U.S. warnings of a “massive military response.” Rattled by the test, South Korea on Tuesday conducted live-fire exercises at sea in its second straight day of military display.

Russia condemns North Korea’s nuclear test as “provocative,” Putin told a televised news conference in China on Tuesday.

But he stopped short of expressing willingness to impose more sanctions on North Korea, saying Moscow views them as “useless and ineffective.”

Putin said North Korea’s neighbors should engage with it, not whip up “military hysteria.”

“It’s a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria — this will lead to no good,” he said. “It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life.”

The Russian president, who was in China for a summit of leading emerging economies, told reporters that he had remarked to one of his counterparts at the talks that North Korea “will eat grass but will not give up the (nuclear) program if they don’t feel safe.”

Putin said it was important that all parties affected by the crisis, including North Korea, not face “threats of annihilation” and “step on the path of cooperation.”