Swimmer wrestles shark out of ocean pool
A REAL estate agent has found a new home for a shark after she wrangled the slippery customer out of a rock pool.
Melissa Hatheier has become a social media sensation after witnesses caught her Monday morning encounter with a Port Jackson in Cronulla, in Sydney's south, on camera.
"I got home from the gym, and my gorgeous mum who swims every morning down here in the rock pool rang and said this there is a shark in the pool," she told Channel 9's Today show.
"And I said, OK don't worry, I will come down. So I came down, there was a bit of a crew down here, and had a look and he was a little Port Jackson and was doing laps of the pool and I said, you know I'm going to go in and check him out.
"I jumped in and I thought, 'I reckon I can probably get him out.' And Mum, god love her, called 000 so the police came down as well.
"And they didn't know what to do. 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. With his fins, I picked him up and helped him back.
"He was getting stressed because he was bumping into the rocks and I was thinking I just need to put him back where he is meant to be."
And, it is not the first time Ms Hatheier has been up close and personal with nature.
"I was surfing out here about six months ago with Tyler from up the road and there was a massive hump back and its baby," she said. "We paddled out and went up close to that and we got a drone shot of that."
Yesterday's heroics also have a touching family story to explain the inspiration.
"You know what, I lost my beautiful dad nearly a year ago, to cancer," she said. "The last thing he said is, 'Please look after Mum. So we are looking after Mum. I made sure the pool was safe and she can swim."
The video, filmed by Ms Hatheier's daughter Shannon, shows the brave real estate agent throwing the shark into the ocean, to rapturous applause by those watching.
The footage was uploaded to Facebook where it's been viewed more than nine thousand times.
"Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning! Nice work Mel! #nextlevel #classicMel" the post accompanying the video reads.
Hundreds reacted to the video, with one poster saying: "I would have walked on water to get out of the pool. You're a brave woman."
Another said: "This is hands down the most Australian thing I have ever seen. Holy mackerel."
"My worst fear has come true!!!! A shark in the oak park pool! On another note, this chick is a dead set legend," said another commenter.