Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Shark bites model as she poses for Instagram photo in the Bahamas

Shark bites model as she poses for Instagram photo in the Bahamas

According to NBC News, Zarutskie was floating in the waters of Staniel Cay in the Bahamas as her boyfriend's dad took some snaps of her and a big ol' group of nurse sharks.

The 19-year-old said the swim with the sharks wasn't organised by a tour company, and while her boyfriend's family were "freaking out" over the idea, she reassured them it was fine because she regularly surfs in California. Her boyfriend's father took several photos throughout the attack, capturing the exact moment that Zarutskie came in contact with the 5-foot-long shark. "I was leaning back for probably no more than 10 seconds, and this shark just grabbed my wrist".

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

Nurse sharks are commonly thought to be harmless to humans, but they will bite defensively if they are bothered by divers.

The teen said she felt the shark's teeth sink her wrist but managed to rip her arm free of the mouth as quickly as she could. "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram".

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

She added: "Everyone said they could hear the bite".

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

"It was a very scary experience", she recalls. She's been taking various antibiotics to prevent infection from bacteria, and admitted that she's anxious about how this injury will affect her modeling career.

Katarina also rejects accusations she ignored local advice or went into the water during feeding time.

This might just be me, but having your photo taken fuckin' sucks. However, she missed a warning sign that stated that nurse sharks "can and do bite", reports NBC News.

Earlier this month, a woman on vacation in Dugong Bay, Australia, experienced a similar ordeal with a tawny nurse shark.

Like this: