Australian woman dragged underwater by shark she tried to hand-feed

A shark pulled a woman into the water after she hand-fed it off the coast of Australia.

MELISSA Brunning was on a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip cruising the majestic Kimberley on a friend's superyacht, so when an opportunity arose to feed a placid shark she was scared, but her adventurous spirit willed her to give it a go.

Brunning's friends quickly reassured her that she did not lose her finger, but it was severely injured, the West Australian reported. While everyone else was leaving fish in the water for the sharks to suck up into powerful, tooth-lined jaws, Brunning said she made the mistake of trying to feed one of the creatures by hand.

Brunning let out a scream as she plunged into the water without warning.

With a suction "like a Hoover", the shark sucked Ms Brunning's right index finger into its mouth full of rows of razor sharp teeth. "It clamped on it and it was shredding off the bone", said Brunning.

And it's not just foreign tourists who need to be mindful.

"I came up and I was like, "I have lost my finger, my finger is gone".

When interviewed by Australian news channel 7 News about the incident, she said she sustained cuts, a fracture, a torn ligament, and an infection on her finger from the attack.

She said she was wrong to attempt to feed the sharks and cautioned others against doing the same. I have full respect for sharks, I think they're incredible.

She said: "It's not the shark's fault at all, but it could have been a lot worse".

"I'm not a shark victim". When you are in the water, they are top of the food chain, it is their domain.

Her finger survived and Brunning emerged from the incident relatively unharmed.

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