Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas

Staniel Cay Marina

Staniel Cay Marina

Instagram model and nursing student Katarina Elle Zarutskie was swimming with sharks for a photo shoot in the Bahamas last month when a shark bit her arm.

A model from Houston says she loves sharks even after she was bitten by one in the Bahamas.

So when model Katarina Zarutskie visited with her boyfriend and his family last month, she was keen to make the most of the lovely sights.

Zarutskie hopes her modeling career will continue and she has not ruled out posing with sharks again.

The owner of Staniel Cay marina told NBC that the sharks are quite docile, but "can and do bite", especially if they mistake hands or fingers for a bit of tasty, tasty food.

She stood up, raised her arm above the water and covered the wound to prevent blood from dripping into the ocean and attracting more sharks, and was able to make it to land without further injuries.

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Her boyfriend's father happened to photograph the entire incident; see his photos here.

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.

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

Revealing all to Buzzfeed, she said: "Nurse sharks are calm creatures", adding that she had seen photos of people swimming next to them before.

She says she was not posing for Instagram when she went into the waters and simply wanted a once in a lifetime experience to be with the animals.

The shark grabbed her and took her under the water. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped my wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could". She went to the hospital to get treatment for her infected wounds. She was left with only a scar on her wrist.

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