A woman on a "once-in-a-lifetime" vacation sailing the majestic Kimberly on a friend's superyacht was feeding a swarm of nurse sharks when she was bitten. Melissa Brunning jumped at the opportunity to feed a placid shark but was scared at the same time. Ultimately, her adventurous spirit won out and she gave it a try but soon after stepping onto the platform, the large shark latched onto her finger and dragged her into the water.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K0vBIhZ8HLY" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/30126-Australia-Larissa-Beilby-s-Remains-In-Barrel-Leave-Family-Utterly-Destroyed">Australia - Larissa Beilby's Remains In Barrel Leave Family "Utterly Destroyed"</a>
The freak shark bite incident ended without any further bites but Brunning suffered major lacerations to her finger. Brunning was the last of her friends to try feeding the handful of nurse sharks hanging around the back of the boat. She didn't realize until it was too late that it was probably a bad idea to hand feed a 2-meter nurse shark rather than place the fish in the water in front of her.
The nurse shark sucked Brunning's finger into its mouth full of razor-sharp teeth with a suction "like a Hoover". A friend filming with their mobile phone caught the whole incident on video which shows Brunning being dragged into the water and rescued by a friend. "I think the shark was in shock as much as I was … the only way I can describe it is this immense pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone," the 34-year-old Brunning said. "I came up and I was like, 'I've lost my finger, my finger's gone'."
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/30105-Thailand-Australians-Aiding-Search-For-Thai-Soccer-Team-Lost-In-Cave-For-Over-A-Week">Thailand - Australians Aiding Search For Thai Soccer Team Lost In Cave For Over A Week</a>
<img src="https://media.8ch.net/file_store/e1e478d44daf25a08acb3061383d22720824fa1d8aefab588cd1fea6b04a3351.jpg" style="max-height:640px;max-width:360px;">
Brunning's friends and the boat crew worked quickly to calm her down and assure her that her finger was still attached. Since it was only day three of her two-week dream holiday in remote WA she decided to carry on without going to the hospital. When she returned from the trip, she went straight to the doctors who revealed her finger had become badly infected and had a fracture and torn ligament.
"This is not a shark attack, this is just a blonde doing a stupid thing," Brunning said. "I'm not a shark victim .. I have full respect for sharks, I think they're incredible. I’ve always had the opinion that when you're in the water, they’re top of the food chain, it's their domain. We’re not meant to be in the water if we were we’d have gills."
Tips? Info? Send me a message!