A Sydney woman has been dubbed 'the shark wrangler' after being spotted casually lifting a bronze whaler out of an ocean swimming pool and dropping it into the sea.
Melissa Hatheier was doing some laps on Monday at Oak Park pool at Cronulla in Sydney's south with her mother when she spotted a fin in the water.
'I thought, you know what, if I can just herd him into the shallows I think I can pick him up,' Ms Hatheier, an agent with Cronulla Real Estate, told Nova radio.
'He was only about a metre (long), he was just a little baby,' she added.
Mobile phone footage taken by Ms Hatheier's daughter Shannon shows the mother-of-three bravely swimming above the shark trying to figure out a plan of action.
She is then seen casually reaching into the water and pulling the deadly shark out of the water on its back, reaching over the rock pool and placing it in the ocean.
Bronze whalers have been known to kill humans, and can be aggressive when in the presence of food, but Ms Hatheier said she was not scared by the juvenile shark.
'I just picked him up and off he went,' she laughed, joking that she hoped the brave stunt would be enough to get her a spot on next season's 'Survivor' TV show.
By holding the bronze whaler upside down, Ms Hatheier put the shark into a state of paralysis called 'tonic immobility', meaning she could safely move it without putting herself in danger.
'She identified the shark first then she obviously knew to turn it over and it's harmless. Well done,' one man explained online.
'My worst fear has come true! A shark in the oak park pool! On another note, this chick is a dead set legend,' one social media commented.
'This is hands down the most Australian thing I have ever seen, holy mackerel,' wrote another.
'I looked at it and thought it was a dog at first!...But then I realised it was a goanna,' she told Bega District News.
Ms Lila lost no time coming to the aid of customers when the reptile got too close for comfort, putting a chair in its path. 'I wasn't scared, I like reptiles so was a bit excited.'
Commenters have hailed the waitress a hero, commending her for her brave response. 'I hope Lila gets a pay rise for this effort. She didn't hesitate to protect the guests. Very brave. Thanks Lila for such service today,' wrote one commenter.
“We were driving along, the dogs are loose. The dogs went past 20 kangaroos, which they are trained not to touch. Anyway, this big buck got a hold of my friend’s dog. It just grabbed him.”
“He went in to save the dog but when the roo turned towards him, he stood his ground as well until all the dogs were safe,”
“The dog Max was fine, just startled because the kangaroo had a hold of him.”
But as for the kangaroo? “My mate only stunned it,” Mr Amor said. “His hand was OK, he didn’t hit it very hard at all.
“The kids came running out of the house yelling to me that there was a spider,” Betty from Barnyard Betty’s Rescue told CBS News. “Their mother wanted to kill it. I said ‘No, don’t kill; I’ll remove it!’”
“She was the size of a dinner plate,” Betty described. “So, I grabbed an old broom and gently got her to climb onto the broom head.”
After snapping some photos, Betty released the spider into an old shed where she knew she’d be safe from people and predators.
“She was a beautiful, calm spider, not aggressive in any way and like most spiders she just wanted to go about her business eating bugs and living in peace,” the rescue organization explained. “She didn’t or doesn’t need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!”