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

The brave agent'herded the shark into shallow water and then bent over to pick it

The brave agent'herded the shark into shallow water and then bent over to pick it

A Sydney, Australia, real estate agent is being hailed a hero after video of her saving a small Port Jackson shark stuck in a rock pool in Cronulla went viral.

Sydney real estate agent Melissa Hatheier has attracted a fair bit of attention after catching a shark with her bare hands on Monday and returning it to the ocean.

The crowd of onlookers cheered after she tossed the shark into the ocean, to which she raised her arms in triumph.

The video posted on Cronulla Real Estate's Facebook page garnered over 100,000 views and 900 shares at the time of publishing this article. Huge cheers could be heard in the background as she succeeded in lifting the shark up and threw it back into the sea.

Hatheier was told about the trapped shark by her mother, who swims in the pool every morning.

"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. I just thought I would try and catch him.

"Everyone was saying, 'What do we do?' Mum even rang triple zero and the police came".

"So I herded him into the shallows and then I just sort of got on my knees".

"I thought, as long as I keep my hand near its fins it couldn't bite me; I wouldn't have grabbed it by the tail though".

She added: "He wasn't that heavy but his skin was very rough, like sandpaper". She said the shark felt like sand paper.

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