The tourist was visiting the Fernando de Noronha archipelago when she spotted a shark in the water
The woman was captured on camera standing in the waves of a beach in Brazil.
She was left with a nasty bite to her hand and slapped with a £5,000 fine from the ordeal.
The tourist was visiting the Fernando de Noronha archipelago when she spotted a shark in the water.
Rather than running a mile, she decided to grab onto the juvenile shark to take a picture.
Viral video: This tourist soon regretted her choice to take a selfie with a shark
Her boyfriend was filming when the shark exacted its revenge, latching onto the woman’s hand.
The fish wouldn’t let go as the woman writhed around in the water trying to remove its jaws.
A man stepped in to try to help but the shark had a fierce grip.
Eventually the fish released its grip and the woman threw it back into the water.
Viral video: The tourist tried to grab onto the shark to take a picture
Viral video: The shark had other ideas for this tourist as it latched onto her hand
The 35-year-old holidaymaker had to get stitches for the cut to her hand.
It’s since emerged that her and her boyfriend have been charged with animal cruelty.
They’ve each been ordered to pay £5,000 over the incident.
The hefty fine was doled out because the fish was an endangered lemon shark and it was in a conservation area.
Viral video: The shark refused to release its grip as the woman writhed around in the water
Signs in the park warn visitors against killing, catching, disturbing or feeding the animals.
One person who has received the opposite kind of attention for his shark selfies is Rick Anderson.
He said: “I’ve been swimming with two particular Port Jackson Sharks for about seven or eight years and they know exactly who I am.”