Dolphins delay repair works at Sorrento Beach shark enclosure

The Sorrento Beach enclosure following storms in late July. Picture: Martin Kennealey
The Sorrento Beach enclosure following storms in late July. Picture: Martin Kennealey

DOLPHINS are still swimming in and out of the Sorrento Beach shark enclosure area.

Five dolphins swam through a gap in the enclosure on the weekend, sparking some visitors to the beach to question the effectiveness of the shark net.

A section of the enclosure was damaged by storms in late July, with part of the barrier torn off the anchoring system.

“During the process to repair the barrier, there has been a gap in the structure between the floats that sit on top of the water and the ocean floor, extending about 50m outwards from Hillarys Boat Harbour,” Joondalup acting chief executive Dale Page said.

“It has been a regular occurrence for dolphins and other marine life to swim in and out of the barrier while the repairs have been undertaken.”

She said the City had installed signs on the beach notifying users of the damage and that repair work would be undertaken.

However, the current dolphin activity has resulted in a delay to these works.

“Once the dolphins have swum out of the enclosure, the barrier contractor will work to secure the remaining section as soon as possible,” she said.

“The City will update information on the beach signage and apologises for any inconvenience that the storm damage and ongoing repairs have caused to regular users of the beach enclosure.”