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Australian woman wrangles shark with bare hands out of pool, video shows

12 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Hands down the most Australian thing I have ever seen: The video was uploaded to social media and watched almost 20,000 times in 24 hours

An Australian woman has found online fame after a clip of her casually picking up a stranded shark was posted on Facebook.

Melissa Hatheier, 50, had no hesitation jumping into the ocean pool at Cronulla in southern Sydney when she spotted the Port Jackson shark swimming around the bottom.

'It was so gorgeous, this little shark was trapped in the rock pool, ' Ms Hatheier, an agent with Cronulla Real Estate, told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa.

"He was getting stressed because he was bumping into the rocks and I was thinking I just need to put him back where he is meant to be".

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While Hatheier was applauded for her bravery, she said she knew Port Jackson sharks are relatively harmless.

"I jumped in and I thought, 'I reckon I can probably get him out.' And Mum, god love her, called 000 so the police came down as well", Hatheier recalled.

Sydney resident Melissa Hatheier was swimming in a bay near Melbourne, when she stumbled upon a shark.

The crowd of onlookers cheered after she tossed the shark into the ocean, to which she raised her arms in triumph.

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'I thought, you know what - if i can just herd him into the shallows I think I can pick him up. I then grabbed him by the neck so he couldn't swing around and bite me.

"I was feeling sorry for him", she said. "I just helped the shark relocate to the ocean". Hatheier felt sorry for the shark and chose to be a good Samaritan.

The Facebook video has been viewed more than 200,000 times.

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