Twachtman was on the coast of Block Island in Rhode Island earlier this month when she noticed a dogfish shark not far from shore. The animal was trapped in the churning water in desperate need of help. Others had noticed it too, but no one was apparently willing to intervene on the shark's behalf.
Then Twachtman stepped in.
"It was still alive and people were crowding around it," her father Erich Twachtman wrote online. "My daughter goes through the crowd, picks it up in an attempt to get it back into the water to save it. The waves were pounding it against the rocks but she wouldn’t give up."
Here's video of the heroic rescue.