Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas

Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas

An Instagram model has been bitten by a shark during an impromptu photo shoot. Still, at the end of the day, she said she's "fortunate that [she] still [has her] arm and [her] life".

The University of Miami nursing student and aspiring model went into shark-infested waters willingly during her trip to the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family.

When asked to describe the entire ordeal, 19-year-old Katarina Zarutskie had one word in mind.

"They are wild animals, and it's an uncontrollable situation", she said.

Hocher sent NBC News a picture of a sign at the marina that warns guests that nurse sharks "can and do bite" and that visitors must "swim with the sharks at your own risk" - but Zarutskie said she did not see the sign.

Seconds later, Zarutskie discovered why swimming with sharks on objective can be a risky idea.

"Against my boyfriend's wishes and his parents wishes".

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Brunning tried to continue her vacation after receiving treatment, but a serious infection required her to return to Perth for surgery. "I have all my fingers, I have my wrists, and I'm just so blessed it was a minor accident", Zarutske said.

Raised in Laguna Beach, California, Zarutskie said she grew up surfing and enjoying the beach. She was swimming on Stanley Key Island, known for it's crystal clear water and normally docile nurse sharks.

When asked whether she went into the water because the the post would generate a lot of hits on Instagram and increase the number of followers, Zarutskie replied "no".

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.

Thankfully she was okay and just had to get stitches and antibiotics for her injuries, though she does still have some fragments of teeth left in the wounds.

"[Doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm", she revealed. We're so glad she's okay. She was convinced the shark had ripped her finger off.

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