Shark drags woman underwater after she fed it

Ms Brunning slips off the back of the boat after her finger was bitten by the shark she’d been feeding

Camera Icon Ms Brunning slips off the back of the boat after her finger was bitten by the shark she’d been

A woman on a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip to Australia's Kimberley region was pulled into the water by a shark she was trying to feed but somehow survived with her life - and her finger - intact.

The shark also pulled her into the water of Dugong Bay, which is inhabited by saltwater crocodiles that can grow up to 23 feet long and weigh more than a ton, according to Sky News. " She now has a simple message for the rest of humankind".

Yeah, that checks out.

The last of her friends to try feeding the three to four Tawny nurse sharks hanging around the back of the boat, what Ms Brunning didn't realise until it was too late was that she shouldn't hand feed the 2m shark, rather place the piece of fish in front of her and watch it go by and suck it up.

"It happened so quickly".

"I came up and I said, 'I've lost my finger.' And I couldn't even look at my finger because I thought it was gone, and I thought if I looked at it, I'd probably go into shock", Brunning recalled.

Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers that are generally harmless to humans, according to National Geographic. They will bite to defend themselves if they feel threatened.

The victim was afraid that I would lose him. She says she didn't immediately go to the hospital because she was in such a remote area and hoped her finger would heal.

"It's not the shark's fault at all, but it could have been a lot worse", she added.

Then she shows them her scars.

But she took full responsibility for the incident, telling the West Australian it was "completely my fault" and "just a blond doing a stupid thing". I've always had the opinion that when you're in the water, they're top of the food chain, it's their domain.

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