Estate agent wrestles shark in Sydney pool rescue

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A woman's fearless antics went viral after footage showed her picking up a shark, wrestling with and before and throwing it back into the sea.

This mother of a family was coming for a swim in the pool, ocean to Oak Park in Cronulla (Australia) when she saw the small shark. So I said, 'I think I can just grab him.' So I herded him into the shallows and then I just sort of got on my knees.

The woman was seen picking up the shark before gently throwing it back into the ocean.

The shark was thought to be a Port Jackson, and Hatheier's act in freeing it has been dubbed "the most Australian thing ever" on social media.

"Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning!"


The crowd of onlookers cheered after she tossed the shark into the ocean, to which she raised her arms in triumph.

Hatheier said she made sure to grab it around the neck so it couldn't swing around and bite her, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. "I just dived on him".

By holding the bronze whaler upside down, Ms Hatheier put the shark into a state of paralysis called "tonic immobility", meaning she could safely move it without putting herself in danger. I started to swim around him and he became a bit stressed and started to knock his head on the rocks.

Hundreds commented on the video, with many praising Hatheier's efforts in the scary situation.

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