34-year-old Melissa Brunning was on vacation in Australia when she made the decision to hand-feed up to four tawny nurse sharks swimming around her boat.
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.
“I think the shark was in shock as much as I was … the only way I can describe it is this immense pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone,” she told the paper. “I came up and I was like, ‘I’ve lost my finger, my finger’s gone.’”
Shark attacks tourist Melissa Brunning
Melissa Brunning was taking advantage of a rare opportunity to feed what she thought was a placid shark in northern Western Australia. But, then the two-metre tawny nurse got a hold of her.Story: https://bit.ly/2KyCFSh#Sharks #7News
Posted by 7 News Sydney on Saturday, June 30, 2018
The entire ordeal was captured on video and luckily for Melissa, her friend was there to grab her and keep her from going under.
The shark also pulled her into the water of Dugong Bay, which is inhabited by saltwater crocodiles that can grow up to 23 feet long and weigh more than a ton, according to Sky News.
The sharks Melissa was feeding are normally quite relaxed and not dangerous.