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Courageous woman becomes social media star by wrestling with shark

Courageous woman becomes social media star by wrestling with shark

A Sydney woman has been filmed picking up a shark in a rock pool with her bare hands and returning it to the ocean. Melissa Hatheier told local news sites that her family had told her that a shark had drifted into the pool and no one knew what to do, which is when she thought she could just grab him.

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

She amazed onlookers by swimming alongside it before calmly lifting it out the pool, over and wall and dropping it into the sea.

Unlike other sharks, their teeth are small and blunt, to grind the shells of molluscs they can feed on after sucking in water and sand from the ocean floor and blowing the waste out their gills.

Footage of her actions were posted on Cronulla Real Estate's Facebook page.

Clearly not one to mess around, she follows the animal, she wraps her arms around it and hoists it out of the pool and back into open water. After getting close to it, Hatheier said the shark became stressed and started hitting its head against the rocks. "I was feeling sorry for him", she said. She said the shark felt like sand paper. "I then grabbed him around the neck so he couldn't swing around and bite me", she explained.

"I herded him into the shallows, got him between my knees and just lifted him out", Hatheier told the Today Show. She added: "He wasn't that heavy but his skin was very rough, like sandpaper".