Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas

12 July, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Grady King
  • Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

An Instagram model said she's fortunate to still have her arm after a nurse shark latched onto it and dragged her under water while the woman was swimming with a school of seemingly harmless sharks in the Bahamas last month, according to FOX News.

"From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", she told the BBC.

Katarina Zarutskie, a nursing and business double major who also models on Instagram, is receiving worldwide attention over a stunning photo. The man who owns the marina said nurse sharks are normally docile but said those sharks could have been feeding, so Zarutskie's exposed fingers and limbs might have been tempting. Zarutskie was able to break free and swim to the shore.

The model made a decision to keep calm despite having just been set upon, and raised her arm from the water so the blood wouldn't attract more sharks.

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Anyway, Katarina was swimming around with them when one of them obviously mistook her arm for a tasty morsel and bit down on it.

Zarutskie has almost doubled her following on Instagram since her story came out; however, she has since made her account private, partly because she has "received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things", she told BBC.

She says that after a few minutes posing, a local resident on the pier encouraged her to lie back and float in the water.

'I leaned back, and then that shark he came and he bit down on my arm and pulled me under, ' the 19-year-old told BuzzFeed.

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Would she swim with sharks again?

"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.

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.

She's since had to make her Instagram private, after people accused her of blaming the sharks and causing the situation herself, but she insists that's not the case.

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She does not want the experience or photographs to put off others from visiting the area or interacting with local wildlife when overseas, and describes the Exumas as the "most handsome place" she has ever visited. She will also always carry a scar.

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