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Australian woman wrangles shark with bare hands out of pool, video shows

12 October 2017

Melissa Hatheier, 50, had no hesitation jumping into the ocean pool at Cronulla in southern Sydney when she spotted the Port Jackson shark swimming around the bottom.

Cronulla Real Estate shared video of its "in house shark wrangler" Melissa Hatheier tossing the toddler-sized Port Jackson shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool in Cronulla.

"I herded him into the shallows and then I just got him with my knees, with his fins, and threw him back and saved him", she told Channel Nine's Today show.

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The real estate agency posted the clip to its Facebook page. Huge cheers could be heard in the background as she succeeded in lifting the shark up and threw it back into the sea.

Desperately wanting a safe swim, Melissa Hatheier was filmed wrestling with the unexpected guest at the Cronulla Beach rock pool. The water was very clear and it was easy to see the shark swimming around.

"I picked him up and thought 'he's not even that heavy".

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"He was pretty distressed and bumping into things, so I just followed him around for a bit". "Everyone was saying, 'What do we do?'"

She added, "I was thinking I just need to put him back where he is meant to be". "I then grabbed him around the neck so he couldn't swing around and bite me".

Hatheier told The ABC she may not have been so brazen had the shark been a bigger breed, however. "All in a day's work for a local real estate agent!" says another.

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Australian woman wrangles shark with bare hands out of pool, video shows