This Woman Dangled Fish Off The Back Of A Boat. Then Suddenly A Shark Dragged Her Into The Water

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Image: YouTube/Storyful Rights Management

Melissa Brunning was just 72 hours into her dream vacation when she was offered the chance to feed wild sharks. Brunning was naturally anxious about this at first, but after her friends had tried it without any problems, she stepped up to do it herself. However, the vacationer got the technique completely wrong, and one of the animals caught hold of her finger. Then she felt herself being dragged towards the shark-infested waters…

Image: Instagram/mel_brunning
Image: Instagram/mel_brunning

As you might imagine, shark-feeding is not usually part of Brunning’s day-to-day life. The 34-year-old actually works as a structural draftsperson in Perth, Australia. On her Instagram, though, she posts motivational slogans including “Life is an adventure,” and “Leave no stone unturned,” so perhaps it’s not too surprising that she was willing to take a risk.

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Image: Instagram/mel_brunning
Image: Instagram/mel_brunning

But how exactly did Brunner end up on a boat hand-feeding sharks? Well, in May 2018 Brunning had traveled to Dugong Bay in Western Australia, some 1,578 miles north of Perth. It seems that the destination was, for the 34-year-old, part of a longed-for vacation in this far removed region.

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