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Video shows moment woman hand-feeding sharks gets bitten

Posted: 10:55 AM, Jul 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-02 11:55:32-04

Video taken while a woman was hand-feeding sharks shows the moment when a shark took a bite out of her finger and pulled her into the water off the coast of Australia.

According to CNN , Melissa Brunning was feeding tawny nurse sharks near the back of a yacht while on vacation when one of the sharks bit into her finger and dragged her overboard. 

Video taken on a cell phone captured the moment. 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwYuaxWMIpw?rel=0&showinfo=0]

(video courtesy CNN / 7 News Australia )

The tawny nurse shark, according to CNN, is quite docile in nature but will bite in self-defense. Brunning received several cuts and a fractured bone in her finger. Brunning said that after the attack she thought she may have lost her finger. Her finger survived the attack.

Brunning also said that she should not have attempted to feed the sharks and warned others about doing the same. 

"Just be mindful of your surroundings and don’t feed sharks," said Brunning.

Read more on the incident, here