This video comes to us off of the coast of Western Australia, where a 34-year-old tourist named Melissa Brunning thought it was a good idea to try to hand feed a tawny nurse shark from a boat, which resulted in a serious injury to her hand. Brunning reached into the water to feed the normally docile nurse shark, which latched onto her hand, and dragged her into the ocean. Brunning was quickly pulled out of the water, where it was discovered that the shark bite nearly shredded her finger, and she suffered a fracture and torn ligaments in the attack. Of course, the shark is not at fault here as hand feeding one is incredibly stupid, it was just a shark being a shark. Although nurse sharks are normally harmless, they are still predators with sharp teeth, they can grow to fourteen-feet-long and are incredibly powerful. Brunning even admitted to TheWestAustralian that the incident was “completely my fault, just a blonde doing a stupid thing. It’s not the shark’s fault at all, but it could have been a lot worse. I’m not a shark victim .. I have full respect for sharks, I think they’re incredible. I’ve always had the opinion that when you’re in the water, they’re top of the food chain, it’s their domain.” Brunning is right that she is extremely lucky, the incident happened in Dugong Bay, which is home to many apex predators including great white sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks and even saltwater crocodiles. It seems the boaters were probably chumming to attract the normally bottom dwelling nurse sharks to the surface, and with Brunning being pulled into the water by a nurse shark, she could have been an easy meal for one of the areas formidable apex predators.
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