Shark bites Instagram model during Bahamas photo shoot

Cristina Cross
July 12, 2018

Unfortunately, one of the sharks wasn't as friendly as advertised...because it swam right up to Katarina and BIT her on the arm!

A photo she shared on Instagram showed the bite in action.

The model in question was Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old from Laguna Beach, California. She did, but within moments, a shark bit her arm.

"From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", she told the BBC.

She stood up, raised her arm above the water and covered the wound to prevent blood from dripping into the ocean and attracting more sharks, and was able to make it to land without further injuries. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped by wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could". "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram". The same could not be said for her family. She's been accused of being a dumb blonde who is obsessed with social media.

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As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong.

"I've definitely received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things". 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 made a decision 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).

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.

"They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she tells BuzzFeed.

"You can't even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal".

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