ON THE COAST

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

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 the re­pair work.

How­ever, the cur­rent 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.

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