Courageous woman becomes social media star by wrestling with shark

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

A Sydney woman has been filmed picking up a shark in a rock pool with her bare hands and returning it to the ocean.

Melissa Hatheier, a real estate agent, told Australia's Channel 9's Today show she came home from the gym Monday morning when she spotted her mother swimming in the rock pool. She was captured by her daughter, wrestling the shark and throwing it over the edge of the pool and back into the ocean, Mirror.co.uk reported.

Hatheier has become an internet sensation after the courageous act.

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"Our in-house Shark wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning!"

Clearly not one to mess around, she follows the animal, she wraps her arms around it and hoists it out of the pool and back into open water. He was only about a meter long. I just thought I would try and catch him. "Everyone was saying, 'What do we do?'" So I said, 'I think I can just grab him'.

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

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She added: "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. "I wasn't really scared but I wouldn't have done it with a great white [shark]".

Hatheier said the shark was "stressed" because it was trapped between the rocks, separated from the ocean and his natural habitat.

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