Sorrento shark barrier: Dolphins swim out to sea as enclosure repaired

The dolphins at Sorrento beach have swum out to sea.  Stock picture.
The dolphins at Sorrento beach have swum out to sea. Stock picture.

THE last of the dolphins have headed out to sea at Sorrento beach.

The City of Joondalup contractor repairing the beach’s shark barrier couldn’t close a final section until the dolphins had swam out.

“All of the dolphins that have been swimming inside the structure since last weekend have now left the enclosure,” City chief executive Garry Hunt said.

“The dolphins had been swimming in and out of a section of the barrier extended 100m from Sorrento Beach whilst repairs were being undertaken to the enclosure, damaged by storms in late-July.

“Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions officers have been monitoring the situation and are satisfied with the outcome.”

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Talk of the dolphins at Sorrento reminded Community News of the release of nine dolphins from the former Atlantis Marine Park in early 1992 after a period of rehabilitation at Two Rocks Marina.

Three of the dolphins – Mila, Echo and Rajah – struggled in the wild and were captured and moved to Underwater World, now known as AQWA, before they were tragically poisoned in December 1999.

The Sorrento dolphins also reminded us of when an elephant seal – dubbed Steven Sealberg – charmed crowds at the beach in February, 2014.