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Instagram model bitten by shark: 'Next thing I knew I was underwater'

Instagram model bitten by shark: 'Next thing I knew I was underwater'”

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

California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems "typically harmless to humans". She told the BBC that a "local resident" who was watching the photo session from the pier encouraged her to float on her back.

Zarutskie's boyfriend's father was snapping photos of her at the time and managed to capture the moment she was dragged under by the five-foot shark.

The photographs show her instinctively covering the wound and raising her arm up in an effort to stop the blood spreading through the water.

When she got free of the shark's bite, she swam to some steps - holding her bleeding arm out of the water to not tempt more sharks - and got out of the ocean.

Katarina Zarutskie has permanent scarring from the shark attack.

"My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it's fine, '" she said. She jumped into the water on her own, without any sort of tour guide.

"He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm", Zarutskie told NBC News. But after doing some research and learning of the high risk of infection following a shark bite, Zarutskie made a decision to fly back to Florida the next day for further treatment. "Next thing I knew I was underwater and I felt this".

Zarutskie knows it could have been worse.

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 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Melissa Brunning was hand-feeding a group of tawny nurse sharks on the back of a boat in Dugong Bay, in WA's far north, when one latched on and nearly took off her finger.



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