Woman bitten by shark while posing for Instagram photo

Pat Wise
July 12, 2018

She was in the Bahamas with her family and boyfriend.

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.

The student conceded that she had been advised against going to the water alongside the marine predators prior to the incident.

Katarina Zarutskie has permanent scarring from the shark attack.

Speaking with 7News on Tuesday, Zarutskie showed the wrist injury she suffered when a nurse shark bit down on it earlier this summer.

She told BBC News, "From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", adding that she has "seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram". Zarutskie was able to break free and swim to the shore.

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Katarina chose 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.

Zarutskie, a Southern California native, said doctors told her it could have been much worse.

However when she was encouraged to lie back by a local resident, Katarina was bitten by a shark with it pulling her under water for several seconds. She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again. She claims she did not plan to post the photos to Instagram in the first place-and her account has, at the time of writing, gone private. "Next thing I knew I was underwater and adrenaline just kicks in", she said. She's been accused of being a dumb blonde who is obsessed with social media.

Zarutskie said she immediately headed for the stairs to get out of the water, holding her bloody arm above her head to keep it out of the water.

"He didn't mean it: he's a wild animal, and I think anyone that goes and swims with nurse sharks needs to realise it is an uncontrollable situation".

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