A woman’s close shave with a shark which saw her nearly dragged under water has been caught on camera.
Melissa Brunning, from Perth, was hand-feeding a group of tawny nurse sharks in WA’s far north last month when one latched onto her hand and half submerged her in the water.
Footage shows Ms Brunning on a friend’s yacht off the Kimberley coast at Dugong Bay when the predator sunk its teeth into her finger.
She can be heard screaming as friends scramble to her aid when she briefly slips below the water’s surface.
“It happened so quickly, all I could focus on was the fact that my finger is gone,” she revealed.
“It clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone.”
Remarkably, her finger was still attached, despite the 34-year-old believing it was long gone.
“I thought it was gone, I thought if I look at it I’d probably go into shock,” she recalled.
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Ms Brunning suffered a deep wound to her finger as well as a fracture, resulting in surgery. Not wanting to let the incident ruin her two week holiday, she initially passed on a trip to hospital.
She admitted she was in the wrong and has since warned others of the dangers when in shark-infested waters.
“Be mindful of your surroundings and don’t feed sharks,” she advised.