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

Melissa Hatheier, a Sydney-based estate agent, rescued the lost shark from a rock pool by picking it up "like a toddler" and throwing it back in the sea.

The video was posted on Facebook and has received more than 1,600 reactions and 1,300 shares as of Wednesday.

A Sydney woman has become a social media sensation after she saved a shark that had become stuck in a rockpool.

Hatheier has become an internet sensation after the fearless act.

"My Mum, who swims at Oak Park every morning, called me just after 7 a.m. on Monday and said, 'There's a shark in the rock pool, '" Hatheier told Nine Network's Today show. "I would have walked on water to get out of the pool".

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It's not uncommon for small sharks to wash into ocean swimming pools, unfortunately for the rest of us mere mortals. I just thought I would try and catch him.

"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 herded the shark into the shallows and then I just sort of jumped on him and put my knees on his fins.

She added: "He wasn't that heavy but his skin was very rough, like sandpaper".

Hatheier said the shark was "stressed" because it was trapped between the rocks, separated from the ocean and his natural habitat. "I wasn't really scared but I wouldn't have done it with a great white [shark]".

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