Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Shark bites Instagram model during Bahamas photo shoot

Shark bites Instagram model during Bahamas photo shoot

So when model Katarina Zarutskie visited with her boyfriend and his family last month, she was keen to make the most of the handsome sights.

The 19-year-old model, who has travelled around the world for work, endured the shock of her life as she was bitten by a shark while she was posing in the sea.

Her boyfriend's father was photographing Katarina at the time, and accidentally caught the whole incident in a series of images.

The BBC reports she'd finished lunch one day on Staniel Cay with her boyfriend and his family when they came upon people snorkeling with nurse sharks.

The five-foot long shark then dragged her underwater by her arm.

But as she posed for a photo, a shark latched onto Zarutskie's arm.

It seemed like the flawless holiday photo opportunity: Crystal blue waters and a pack of docile nursing sharks lazing on the docks of Staniel Cay in the Bahamas.

Katarina made a decision to swim with a herd of nurse sharks at Staniel Cay - but things went wrong when a 5-foot nurse shark bit her arm and started to drag her under the water. A photo she shared on Instagram showed the bite in action.

Revealing all to Buzzfeed, she said: "Nurse sharks are calm creatures", adding that she had seen photos of people swimming next to them before.

But after all that, she told Inside Edition she'd do it again.

There were even fragments of the shark's tooth in the wound, putting her at risk of infection.

Katarina has not let her experience stop her from enjoying and respecting the ocean.

First of all, as a proud alumnus of the University of Miami, I'd like to say that the institution is a wonderful top 50 private research college with a gorgeous campus and bright students. I don't know where to look.

"Sharks are wild animals", Zarutskie said. Zarutskie said she respects all wildlife and is grateful her injuries were not worse. "I was leaning back for probably no more than 10 seconds, and this shark just grabbed my wrist". "With any animal, you can't predict what they're going to do".

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