Australian real estate agent tosses shark out of oceanside pool


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.

Sydney real estate agent Melissa Hatheier corralled the shark, picked it up "like a toddler" and tossed it back into the ocean, as reported by The Telegraph.

She amazed onlookers by swimming alongside it before calmly lifting it out the pool, over and wall and dropping it into the sea.

"Our in-house shark wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park rock pool yesterday morning", the Facebook post read. "I would have walked on water to get out of the pool". The water was very clear and it was easy to see the shark swimming around.

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Hatheier was told about the trapped shark by her mother, who swims in the pool every morning. He was only about a meter long.

I herded the shark into the shallows and then I just sort of jumped on him and put my knees on his fins.

"I just picked him up and off he went, ' she laughed, joking that she hoped the courageous stunt would be enough to get her a spot on next season's 'Survivor" TV show. So I said, 'I think I can just grab him'. He wasn't that heavy but his skin was very rough, like sandpaper. "I saw it, it was just a small nurse shark, I told myself that I just had to throw it away", told the Australian ABC. Hatheier felt sorry for the shark and chose to be a good Samaritan. "All in a day's work for a local real estate agent!" says another.