Sydney Woman Wrestles Shark, Throws It Out Of Rock Pool

Sheri Evans
October 12, 2017

A courageous Australian woman has been dubbed the Shark Wrangler after rescuing a shark that had been swept into the Oak Park rock pool in Cronulla, just south of Sydney.

Melissa Hatheier, a Sydney-based estate agent, rescued the lost shark from a rock pool by picking it up "like a toddler" and throwing it back in the sea.

Hatheier's daughter Shannon filmed her mother as she swam fearlessly up to the one-metre-long creature, picked it up and threw it over the pool's barrier and into the ocean.

The video was posted on Facebook and has received more than 1,600 reactions and 1,300 shares as of Wednesday.

Hatheier has become an internet sensation after the fearless act.

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'It was so gorgeous, this little shark was trapped in the rock pool, ' Ms Hatheier, an agent with Cronulla Real Estate, told Nova's Fitzy and Wippa.

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. The water was very clear and it was easy to see the shark swimming around. After getting close to it, Hatheier said the shark became stressed and started hitting its head against the rocks. "I then grabbed him around the neck so he couldn't swing around and bite me", she explained.

"Everyone was saying, 'What do we do?' Mum even rang triple zero and the police came". So I said, 'I think I can just grab him'.

She added, "I was thinking I just need to put him back where he is meant to be".

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