A 6.5-foot long tawny nurse shark pulled her into water full of salt-water crocodiles, by grabbing onto her forefinger. Luckily she escaped almost without a scratch.
Melissa Brunning was trying to feed four tawny nurse sharks in northwestern Australia. She can be seen reaching her hand out above the transparent water when suddenly she is carried away by one of them.
‘I think the shark was just as shocked as I was. The only way to describe it was that the pressure was huge and I felt like the shark shredded the finger to the bone,’ she explained to Channel Seven.
Fortunately, her friends immediately helped her out of the water. Although she thought she was going to lose her finger, Melissa was very lucky. She got away with just a broken bone, a shredded ligament and an infection. But she could have lost her life! The shark that grabbed her was 6.5 feet long and the waters of the Kimberley region are infested with salt-water crocodiles that can be up to 23 feet long and weigh a tonne.
Melissa Brunning realises her mistake and has vowed to stop bothering wild animals.
‘It was not the fault of the shark at all,’ she says. She has learned to ‘respect sea creatures, to watch them with admiration, but to leave them alone.’
Take a look at the video above to see the terrifying footage for yourself...