Melissa Brunning was recently standing on the back of a boat hand-feeding fish to a group of "tawny nurse" sharks. They're usually a placid species but with powerful jaws and multiple rows of shark teeth.
Melissa thought her finger was bitten off -- but it was just broken.
She's OK, but says she'll now watch sharks from the inside of a boat, thank you.
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