An Australian woman is experiencing a bit of overnight fame after footage of her rescuing a shark went viral. It’s less the act than the method: Who in their right mind would casually pick up and toss a stranded shark to safety?
Melissa Hatheier would, according to the Telegraph. The Sydney real estate agent was on the beach in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney, when she spied the shark swimming in a rock pool. It appeared trapped.
Hatheier, who can apparently identify both home buyers and sharks with some ease, noticed that it was a Port Jackson shark, which are considered “harmless” to humans. Police were summoned but couldn’t do anything; no one was in danger. So she got to work.
“I jumped in, and I thought, ‘I reckon I can probably get him out,'” she said of the act.
That’s just what she did, grabbing the shark “like a toddler” and heaving it over the rock barrier into the ocean.
“I was thinking, ‘I just need to put him back where he is meant to be,'” she added.