An Instagram model said she's fortunate to still have her arm after a nurse shark latched onto it and dragged her under water while the woman was swimming with a school of seemingly harmless sharks in the Bahamas last month, according to FOX News.
Zarutskie, who attends the University of Miami, had been on vacation with her boyfriend and his family and had heard from locals that swimming with nurse sharks was a fun and safe activity.
An Instagram model has hit back at criticism from online trolls after being bitten by a shark while posing for photographs.
The model in question was Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old from Laguna Beach, California.
Zarutskie maintains she "love [s] sharks".
Katarina Zarutskie was bitten on the wrist by a nurse shark in the Bahamas.
When asked whether she went into the water because the the post would generate a lot of hits on Instagram and increase the number of followers, Zarutskie replied "no".
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.
The student conceded that she had been advised against going to the water alongside the marine predators prior to the incident. Her boyfriend's father was taking photos, and he captured the exact moment one of the sharks bit down on her wrist and pulled her underwater.
There is actually a sign at the marina telling people that the sharks do occasionally bite, and that people swim at their own risk, but Katarina claims that she didn't see it. Zarutskie said she respects all wildlife and is grateful her injuries were not worse.
She does not want the experience or photographs to put off others from visiting the area or interacting with local wildlife when overseas, and describes the Exumas as the "most attractive place" she has ever visited. "They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she said, adding that the whole thing had been a "big learning lesson".