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

Lawrence Cooper
October 12, 2017

The footage, posted on Cronulla Real Estate's Facebook page, shows Melissa Hatheier picking the young shark up and tossing it back into the ocean.

A woman's fearless antics went viral after footage showed her picking up a shark, wrestling with and before and throwing it back into the sea.

A viral video showed a woman in Sydney, who is a real estate agent, wrestling a shark out of an ocean swimming pool in New South Wales, Australia, reports said Tuesday.

Hatheier has become an internet sensation after the fearless act.

It's not uncommon for small sharks to wash into ocean swimming pools, unfortunately for the rest of us mere mortals.

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Melissa Hatheier, or "the shark wrangler" as she's been dubbed, was filmed by her mother wrestling the shark in the Oak Park rock pool on Monday. He was only about a meter long. "I then grabbed him around the neck so he couldn't swing around and bite me", she explained.

"I wasn't scared. I was just thinking he was trapped in this rock pool and I needed to help him out".

"So I herded him into the shallows and then I just sort of got on my knees".

"My mum swims there every morning with friends and they rang me saying there was a shark, so I ran down there", she told the outlet. So I said, 'I think I can just grab him'. Hatheier felt sorry for the shark and made a decision to be a good Samaritan.

"I wouldn't have done it with a great white", she said.

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