A woman was dragged from a boat when a shark she was hand-feeding bit into her finger and hauled her into waters off the northwestern coast of Australia.
Shocking video shows a shark biting the finger of a woman that attempted to feed it in Western Australia, dragging her into the water. She escaped with a fracture and a torn ligament. https://t.co/EWT1bFltDZ pic.twitter.com/C3cK488F2Q
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Although she was quickly pulled back on board by her companions, Brunning initially thought that she’d lost her finger in the attack.
“I came up and I said I’ve lost my finger and I couldn’t even look at my finger because I thought it was gone, and I thought if I looked at it I’d probably go into shock.”
Her finger survived and Brunning emerged from the incident relatively unharmed. She said she was wrong to attempt to feed the sharks and cautioned others against doing the same.
“Just be mindful of your surroundings and don’t feed sharks.”
The attack occurred while the 34-year-old woman from Perth was on holiday in Dugong Bay, a remote spot known for its sharks and saltwater crocodiles.
There have been a total of 52 recorded nurse shark attacks in the world, and none have resulted in fatalities.
“Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans. However, they can be huge—up to 14 feet—and have very strong jaws filled with thousands of tiny, serrated teeth, and will bite defensively if stepped on or bothered by divers who assume they’re docile,” National Geographic writes in its description of the shark.
Nurse sharks are normally found in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. They can live up to 25 years and range from seven and a half to nearly 10 feet in length. The sharks weigh between 200 and 330 pounds, National Geographic reports.