The installation of our first Aquarius Barrier at Middleton Beach in Albany was delayed over the weekend due to a shark attack on a pygmy whale just metres from shore.
The installation process was going smoothly as all concrete blocks, chains and anchors had been installed in their correct position along the seabed and the barrier was laid out on the beach ready for towing. The on duty surf lifesaving crew were on high alert as there was a report of shark attacking an animal a few kilometres down the beach. As the barrier was about to be towed out, the shark returned to attack a small pygmy whale right in front of the surf club where the barrier was to be installed. We were forced to suspend our installation for the day due to the shark risk.
The attack was a timely reminder of the shark risk in the area and we are glad to be able to provide the local Albany community with an enclosed swimming area to swim with peace-of-mind.