Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Woman bitten by shark while posing for Instagram photo

Woman bitten by shark while posing for Instagram photo

Now, nurse sharks are largely pretty docile, but it's always worth remembering that they are still sharks.

The 19-year-old model, who has travelled around the world for work, endured the shock of her life as she was bitten by a shark while she was posing in the sea. But not many can say they've actually been bit by a shark in the process.

Katarina Zarutskie was vacationing on Staniel Cay, one of the islands in the tropical region, and made a decision to go swimming with nurse sharks-which are mostly harmless.

Her boyfriend's father snapped photos capturing the moment a nurse shark clamped down on her left arm.

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Zarutskie told Fox News she didn't see a sign where she entered and would have never went in the water if they were feeding the sharks. She added the locals were "very encouraging" in telling her to try the activity.

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The aspiring model was under only about eight seconds but it was terrifying nonetheless.

"I've been on so many different medications", she said.

Katarina chose to swim with a herd of nurse sharks at Staniel Cay - but things went wrong when a 5-foot nurse shark bit her arm and started to drag her under the water. "[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", she said, slightly concerned for her modeling career. The sharks, however, will bite people as a defense if they are stepped on or bothered. "My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'It's fine, '" Zarutskie said.

"It was a humbling experience and I've learned a lot", she said. It happened at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in the Bahamas.

"You really need to respect them" she explained, but warned future shark swimmers to "take into consideration the risks" before jumping in the water with them.

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