Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Perth woman suffers freak shark bite on finger during Kimberley boat trip

Perth woman suffers freak shark bite on finger during Kimberley boat trip

A woman was pulled into crocodile-infested waters in northwest Australia by a shark which bit her finger as she tried to feed it.

According to CNN's affiliate 7 News in Australia, Melissa Brunning of Perth was on vacation in a remote area called Dugong Bay when it happened.

Brunning's friends quickly reassured her that she did not lose her finger, but it was severely injured, the West Australian reported. Brunning said that she initially thought her right pointer finger was taken off during the attack, but after being pulled to safety, it was revealed that her finger was still in tact.

She was standing on the back of a boat, feeding fish to a group of tawny nurse sharks when suddenly, she was dragged into the water. "He'd clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone", Brunning said.

"I think the shark was in shock as much as I was. the only way I can describe it is this enormous pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone", she told local daily The West Australian.

"I came up and I was like, "I've lost my finger".

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As it was only day three of her dream two-week holiday in remote WA, Ms Brunning made a decision to carry on, hoping her finger would heal by itself. The shark almost bit her finger off, leaving her with a torn ligament and a bad infection, but doctors managed to save it.

"Just be mindful of your surroundings and don't feed sharks", she said.

Please ignore words like "shocking" and whatnot, as this is basically just footage of a shark behaving exactly as one might expect a shark to behave.

The woman does not blame the shark, adding that it has taught her to "respect marine life".

"I'm not a shark victim, I have full respect for sharks, I think they're incredible".

Her finger survived and Brunning emerged from the incident relatively unharmed.

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