Katarina Zarutskie, 19, was vacationing in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family, when she chose to take advantage of getting an epic Instagram pic.
Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie stands alongside nurse sharks in the Bahamas.
Katarina Elle Zarutskie, 19, posted photos of her wound on Instagram, detailing the incident before getting an overflow of comments and going private. The man who owns the marina said nurse sharks are normally docile but said those sharks could have been feeding, so Zarutskie's exposed fingers and limbs might have been tempting.
Nurse sharks are commonly thought to be harmless to humans, but they will bite defensively if they are bothered by divers. Zarutskie was able to break free and swim to the shore.
"[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", said Zarutskie, who noted she was anxious about the injury affecting her burgeoning modeling career. "They took the information they wanted and really spun the story in a way that I'm a stupid blonde Instagram model", she said.
While she had her boyfriend's father taking the photos for her, she spilled: "I leaned back, and then that shark, he came and he bit down on my arm and pulled me under".More news: 76ers say LeBron James 'strongly' considered Philly
You see, Katarina grew up in a surfing community in Southern California and has no fear of sharks, which is why she was so calm about swimming with them.
She says that after a few minutes posing, a local resident on the pier encouraged her to lie back and float in the water. Zaruskie said she did not see them.
But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.
The shark grabbed her and took her under the water. She went to the hospital to get treatment for her infected wounds.
"He didn't mean it: he's a wild animal, and I think anyone that goes and swims with nurse sharks needs to realise it is an uncontrollable situation". "[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", Zarutskie said, according to NBC News.