Terrifying moment woman is dragged under water by shark

Melissa Brunning was bitten by a nurse shark and pulled into waters also home to crocodiles in Australia

Melissa Brunning was bitten by a nurse shark and pulled into waters also home to crocodiles in Australia

Melissa Brunning, 34, of Perth, Australia, who says she was on a "once-in-a-lifetime" vacation, is lucky to be alive after the unexpected attack.

A woman was yanked from a boat when a shark she was hand-feeding bit into her finger and hauled her into waters off the northwestern coast of Australia. While everyone else was leaving fish in the water for the sharks to suck up into powerful, tooth-lined jaws, Brunning said she made the mistake of trying to feed one of the creatures by hand.

The frightening incident happened last month.

With a suction "like a Hoover", the shark sucked Ms Brunning's right index finger into its mouth full of rows of razor sharp teeth.

The Tawny Nurse shark is usually considered a relatively calm and docile species.

'The only way I can describe it is this huge pressure and it felt like it was shredding it off the bone'. The finger was also badly infected, The West Australian reported, and Brunning had to undergo surgery to flush out the infection.

The footage of the video shows the shark pulling her into the water before she is rescued by her friends the crew.

Despite the excruciating pain, Brunning's finger wasn't bitten off.

"(It was) completely my fault", Brunning told the West Australian.

She said she was wrong to attempt to feed the sharks and cautioned others against doing the same.

"Just be mindful of your surroundings and don't feed sharks", Brunning stressed. 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.

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