Australian real estate agent tosses shark out of oceanside pool

By Daniel Uria   |   Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:47 AM
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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A daring Australian real estate agent tossed a shark out of a sea pool and back into the ocean on Monday.

Cronulla Real Estate shared video of its "in house shark wrangler" Melissa Hatheier tossing the toddler-sized Port Jackson shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool in Cronulla.

"My mum swims there every morning with friends and they rang me saying there was a shark, so I ran down there," she told ABC News.

Hatheier swam into the pool to grab a hold of the shark before carrying it to the edge of the pool and tossing it back into the ocean.

"He was pretty distressed and bumping into things, so I just followed him around for a bit," she said. "I thought, as long as I keep my hand near its fins it couldn't bite me; I wouldn't have grabbed it by the tail though."

While Hatheier was applauded for her bravery, she said she knew Port Jackson sharks are relatively harmless.

"I wasn't really scared but I wouldn't have done it with a great white," she said. "Surfing over the years, you know you see them all the time. They're probably underneath you all the time."

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