You don’t say! Woman got SUPER, SUPER, SUPER lucky though that it only bit her finger. I mean, she was at that shark’s mercy and it let her off the hook pretty lightly, all things considered.
Newsweek - An Australian woman has escaped serious harm despite being dragged into water by a shark who had bitten down on her finger.
Melissa Brunning, of Perth, was vacationing in Dugong Bay—in the far north-west of Australia—and feeding a group of tawny nurse sharks. According to Australian TV station 7, Brunning was convinced she had lost her finger.
“It happened so quickly,” Brunning told 7 News. “All I could really focus on was the fact that my finger is gone. It clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone. I came up and I was like, ‘I’ve lost my finger.’ I couldn’t even look at the finger because I thought if I looked at it and saw it again, I’d probably go into shock.”
Brunning did not lose her finger, but did suffer a torn ligament, several cuts and a fracture. It also became so severely infected that she required an operation upon her return to Perth (the state’s capital city.)
I mean, that’s not too bad at all considering she had live bait in her hand and hungry sharks swimming around her. Didn’t even lose her finger, nevermind her entire hand, nevermind her entire face. I don’t have many rules I live by, but one is “do not stick your hand in front of a shark’s mouth when it’s hungry, especially if you have foot in your hand”. Same goes for hungry lions, tigers, and your mom.
The good news though, she doesn’t blame the shark. She tips her cap to the shark. So in return I tip my cap to her.
Speaking to the West Australian, 34-year-old Brunning said the fault was entirely hers, not the shark’s . “It’s not the shark’s fault at all, but it could have been a lot worse,” she said. “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.”
Amen, sister. I say this all time. Whenever a lion rips someone’s head off on safaris, and then they kill the lion, it’s always baffling to me. We’re on his land. He has a family to protect. Don’t go skipping across the Savannah if you don’t to face the wrath of Mufasa. And don’t go sticking your hands in shark infested waters if you don’t want Jaws to pop up and say hello. Have to give major props to the shark too- he could have easily eaten that lady for lunch, but he let her off with a warning. He got a taste, and he knows there’s more where that came from. Never know when he’s going to strike next. Love his mind games, sharks out there playing chess.