A 1.5 metre bull shark has been rescued after becoming entangled in a chain while swimming in a Gold Coast canal.
Sea World rescue crews were tasked to the operation yesterday afternoon after members of the public spotted the shark in the canals at Biggera Waters.
It took them 90 minutes to free the male bull shark, which had suffered a number of superficial wounds.
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“Rescue crews managed to successfully remove the chain by hooking onto it and using the weight of the boat and buoy to free it from the shark,” Sea World said.
After removing the chain, the team then followed the shark and monitored him as he began to swim “more confidently”.
Sea World vet Claire Madden, who was on-board for the rescue operation, says she holds high hopes for his survival.
The shark sighting comes just days after video emerged of a Gold Coast woman jumping into a canal at Mermaid Waters to try and stop a thief from stealing her son’s tinnie.