"A suitable vessel was secured for the operation and soon after arriving in the area the rescue team located the shark at depth and encouraged it into a special plastic 'sock,' from where they were able to raise the animal to the surface where Dr. Jones was able to remove the rope and administer antibiotics," the sanctuary writes.
"The animal was then released back into the ocean with a vastly increased chance of survival."
Grey nurse sharks are a critically endangered species, with a dwindling population in those waters -- meaning that the successful rescue operation not only saved one animal's life, it was of benefit to the entire species there as well. But sadly, not everyone behaves with the well-being of marine life in mind.
"There is believed to be around 1,500 Grey Nurse Sharks left on the east coast of Australia," said Dr. Jones. "So it is obviously frustrating to see a beautiful animal like this caught up in rope as a direct result of human carelessness."