Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Woman dragged into water while feeding sharks

Woman dragged into water while feeding sharks

Video shows the terrifying moment a women is dragged by a shark into crocodile-infested waters, and almost loses her finger.

According to CNN's affiliate 7 News in Australia, Melissa Brunning of Perth was on vacation in a remote area called Dugong Bay when it happened.

Luckily for Brunning, her friends and family were nearby and quickly puller her back onto their yacht.

Brunning told the West Australian that she didn't realize she shouldn't hand feed a shark, until the animal became "like a Hoover", sucking her right index finger into its mouth full of rows of razor-sharp teeth. That's when one of the sharks clamped onto her finger and dragged her into the water. "The only way I can describe it is this huge pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone".

Don't feed sharks. And be mindful of your surroundings.

"I've come up and I'm like, I lost my finger".

Tawny sharks are normally placid creatures, but will bite defensively if they feel threatened.

But when she returned, she went straight to the doctors and X-rays revealed her badly infected finger had a fracture and torn ligament.

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 trying to hand-feed them.

"I'm not a shark victim".

"It was an unforgettable trip, I've got a cool story, a cool injury and I'll have a cool little scar, but I'm just grateful that it wasn't worse than what it was", she said.

Brunning also said after the incident, she has learned to respect the marine life and to leave them alone. When you are in the water, they are top of the food chain, it is their domain.

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