Instagram Model Bitten By A Shark While Trying To Take Pictures

Staniel Cay Marina

The Exuma islands in the Bahamas are famous for their white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and endless photograph opportunities.

But it was one spot in particular that caught her eye for a quick photoshoot, as she saw an area where nurse sharks were swimming with people jumping in with them to take pics.

She did not swim with the sharks through a tour company or any organization that required payment, but, having grown up as a surfer in Southern California, she said she was not afraid to jump in the water near a marina. "It seemed safe. And you know, I had seen all these photos, so I totally thought it was okay", she said.

Stock image: An Instagram model has been bitten and dragged underwater by a nurse shark in the Bahamas. "They were just screaming at me not to do it", she said.

The shark grabbed her and took her under the water.

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After she was bitten, she held her arms up out of the water to keep her blood from attracting more sharks. Still, at the end of the day, she said she's "fortunate that [she] still [has her] arm and [her] life".

"At that point your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm", she says.

It led to her needing stitches and antibiotics for her injuries, and she may need further surgery to remove fragments of the shark's teeth which remain in the wound. However, the bite left her with pretty gnarly bite marks on her wrist, and it definitely looks painful.

Since her story was featured in United States media, Katarina has been inundated with thousands of new followers and comments online, including a barrage of negativity from online trolls. Katarina posted them to social media, where she's been overwhelmed with comments asking for details. Even though her boyfriend's family was nervous for her, Zarutskie chose to try it herself.

Katarina also rejects accusations she ignored local advice or went into the water during feeding time.

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