"I just picked him up and off he went, ' she laughed, joking that she hoped the fearless stunt would be enough to get her a spot on next season's 'Survivor" TV show. Her video of casually transferring a shark from a pool back into the ocean has left people thoroughly impressed.
Her intervention, filmed by her daughter on a mobile phone, has turned Ms Hatheier into an internet sensation after video of the shark's removal went viral.
The clip was captioned, "Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning!"More news: Won't just be an administrator, says Anupam Kher (IANS Interview)
"So I came down, there was a bit of a crew down here, and had a look and he was a little Port Jackson and was doing laps of the pool and I said, you know I'm going to go in and check him out", Hatheier told Today.
Hatheier's mother was swimming with the local club "The Jellybean Minstrels" when she spotted the shark.
"I was feeling sorry for him", she said.More news: Liverpool determined not to lose Coutinho in January
I wouldn't have done it with a great white.I thought, as long as I keep my hand near its fins it couldn't bite me; I wouldn't have grabbed it by the tail though.
"I wasn't scared. I was just thinking he was trapped in this rock pool and I needed to help him out".
Hatheier has been dubbed "the shark wrangler" by her office colleagues. She described holding the shark in her arms as "kind of like a toddler", according to the BBC. She was cheered online, too. "That shark owes its life to you".More news: Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief