Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

Katarina Zarutskie was holidaying in the Bahamas, with her boyfriend and his family last month when she chose to go swimming with nurse sharks in the marina, NBC reports.

An Instagram model was been bitten by a shark during a photo shoot in the Bahamas.

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 19-year-old college student was with her boyfriend and his family in the Bahamas at the time, when she realised she could get some great #content to show her then 13,000 followers. She was swimming on Stanley Key Island, known for it's crystal clear water and normally docile nurse sharks.

"Next thing I knew I was underwater, I felt this and adrenaline just kicks in", she said. But, she added, "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life". Zaruskie said she did not see them.

One user wrote: "I think you handled the situation like a boss!"

"I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said.

She is upset at the way she has been stereotyped and accused of being social-media obsessed and careless.

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.

"It was a very scary experience", she recalls. She was convinced the shark had ripped her finger off.

As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong. "They took the information they wanted and really spun the story in a way that I'm a stupid blond Instagram model". "[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", Zarutskie said, according to NBC News.

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