A woman was pulled into crocodile-infested waters in northwest Australia by a shark which bit her finger as she tried to feed it.
Melissa Brunning, 34, was on a yacht in the remote Kimberley region, some 1,553 miles north of Perth, when she attempted to hand-feed as much as 4 tawny nurse sharks swimming around her boat.
However one shark, which measured 6.6 ft (simply over 2m), drawn at her right index finger “like a Hoover” and pulled her into the water in Dugong Bay.
In addition to the sharks, the bay is occupied by saltwater crocodiles, which can mature to 23ft (7m) long and weigh more than a load.
Ms Brunning said she feared she would lose her finger.
” I think the shark remained in shock as much as I was … the only method I can explain it is this tremendous pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone,” she told The West Australian.
” I came up and I resembled, ‘I’ve lost my finger, my finger’s gone’.”.
Smart phone footage of the incident, which occurred last month, shows Ms Brunning shouting as she is dragged into the water, prior to the boat’s team and good friends pull her out.
She sustained cuts, a fracture, a torn ligament and a bad infection, but amazingly did not lose the digit.
She stated: “It’s not the shark’s fault at all, however it might have been a lot worse.”.
Ms Brunning stated the incident had taught her to “respect marine life, and take a look at it in awe, however just leave them alone”.
She said she did not realise she should have left the piece of fish she was using to feed the sharks in front of her, rather than attempting to hand-feed them.
” When you’re in the water, they’re top of the food cycle, it’s their domain,” she stated. “We’re not implied to be in the water, if we were we ‘d have gills.”.