Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Instagram Model Captures Moment A Shark Bit Her Arm

Instagram Model Captures Moment A Shark Bit Her Arm

The 19-year-old was captured on camera floating on her back, surrounded by nurse sharks in the Bahamas' Exumas islands.

An Instagram model has narrowly avoided serious injury after her forearm was bitten and dragged by a shark in the Bahamas.

Her boyfriend's father happened to photograph the entire incident; see his photos here. But the post attracted an influx of comments attacking her for "blaming the shark", BuzzFeed News reports.

She told BBC News, "From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", adding that she has "seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram".

Immediately after getting out of the water, Zarutskie went to a clinic at the marina and had her wound cleaned and wrapped. "[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.

But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.

She says that after a few minutes posing, a local resident on the pier encouraged her to lie back and float in the water.

Zarutskie has almost doubled her following on Instagram since her story came out; however, she has since made her account private, partly because she has "received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things", she told BBC. "At that point, your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm". The model did not even plan to upload the images to her social media page until she was approached by journalists about her experience earlier this week.

To many, this might not seem like the smartest thing to be doing - it certainly wouldn't be most people's idea of a good time to jump into an enclosed bit of water with a load of sharks, but hey, each to their own. The group passed an area in the ocean where several nurse sharks were swarming, and since it was promoted that swimming with these creatures was a safe and normal activity in the area, Katarina chose to hop in and get some photos (Note: a warning sign by the pool of sharks clearly stated that the animals "can and do bite" on occasion).

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