Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas

Katie Ramirez
July 11, 2018

Katarina Zarutskie, 19, was vacationing in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family, when she made a decision to take advantage of getting an epic Instagram pic.

Katarina Zarutskie, 19, got the scare of her life when the nursing student was bitten by a nurse shark.

The model made a decision to keep calm despite having just been set upon, and raised her arm from the water so the blood wouldn't attract more sharks. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped by wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could".

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".

University of Miami student Katarina Elle Zarutskie was relaxing in the Bahamas' turquoise waters at Staniel Cay.

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

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Katarina had to get stitches and antibiotics for her injuries, and still has some fragments of teeth left in the wound.

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

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

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. "I guess you know you have to take it with a grain of salt and it comes with the territory".

Hocher sent NBC News a picture of a sign at the marina that warns guests that nurse sharks "can and do bite" and that visitors must "swim with the sharks at your own risk" - but Zarutskie said she did not see the sign.

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

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