Australian woman bit by shark she was feeding

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Video shows the terrifying moment a women is dragged by a shark into crocodile-infested waters, and almost loses her finger.

When Melissa Brunning tells people she was bitten by a shark, not everyone believes her.

Eager to experience the animals, which can grow up to 10 feet long, Brunning said she joined the others at the back of the boat.

"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", the vacationing attempted shark-feeder said, according to KTRK News.

The woman was feeding fish to a shiver of tawny nurse sharks when one of them bit her and hauled her into the sea.

Tawny nurse sharks are normally calm, according to 7 News, but have powerful jaws and multiple rows of teeth. "He'd clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone", Brunning said.

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Brunning continued with her two-week vacation but found out she suffered a torn ligament and fracture in her finger upon returning to her home in Perth. The sharks will bite defensively if stepped on or if they feel their space is being invaded. 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 was) completely my fault", Brunning told the West Australian.

Her message: Don't feed the sharks.

And it's not just foreign tourists who need to be mindful. I have full respect for sharks, I think they're incredible.

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

Brunning also said after the incident, she has learned to respect the marine life and to leave them alone.

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