Woman wrestles with shark trapped in beachside rock pool

Melissa Hatheier is now dubbed the 'Shark Wrangler' for rescuing the creature

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A mum 'wrangles' a shark during her morning swim and throws it out of a beachside rock pool to huge cheers in this astonishing footage.

It was, real estate agent Melissa Hatheier claimed, just what she does in the office - relocating things needing a new home.

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Melissa - now dubbed the "Shark Wrangler" by colleagues - went for a swim in the pool in the beachside suburb of Cronulla on Sydney's southside.

However, the swim was soon disrupted when her mum noticed a fin in the water while swimming with her group of friends and yelled "Oh my god, get out - there's a shark!"

Video shot by Melissa's daughter shows the mum fearless of the shark - swimming almost over it in the pool.

Credits: Cronulla Real EstateMelissa Hatheier throws the shark out of the Sydney beach rock pool


Credits: Cronulla Real EstateMelissa giving an interview for Australia's Today breakfast television show

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She then appears to wrestle with the shark and pick it up in her arms.

She carries it over to the edge of the pool and tosses it back into the ocean.

People watching on cheered loudly.

Credits: Cronulla Real EstateMelissa swims over the shark after it was spotted by her mum's swimming group

Credits: Cronulla Real EstateThe shark in the rock pool


Credits: Cronulla Real Estate

Melissa told Channel Nine's Today show: "I herded him into the shallows and then I just got him with my knees, with his fins, and threw him back and saved him,."

TV host Karl Stefanovic said: "Just a can-do woman."

Melissa continued: "I wasn't (scared). I was just thinking he was trapped in this rock pool and I needed to help him out.

"I'm a real estate agent. My job is to help people relocate to their perfect homes. I just helped the shark relocate to the ocean.

Credits: Cronulla Real EstateShe grabbed it by the fin


Credits: Cronulla Real EstateMelissa Hatheier returns the shark to the ocean

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Stefanovic interjected: "It was a ploy! It was actually just a flat head!"

Video of the incident has now gone viral on Facebook.

Credits: Cronulla Real Estate

Credits: Cronulla Real Estate

Cronulla Real Estate wrote on Facebook of its staffer: "Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning!

"Nice work Mel! #nextlevel #classicMel."

The business has since posted a photo saying Mel was getting ready to appear on Australian breakfast television show Today.

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