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Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas

Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas

Katarina Zarutskie was vacationing on Staniel Cay, one of the islands in the tropical region, and made a decision to go swimming with nurse sharks-which are mostly harmless.

An Instagram model has been bitten by a shark during an impromptu photo shoot.

After a family lunch in an area known as Staniel Cay, Katarina spotted people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nurse sharks nearby.

As soon as Zarutskie freed herself from the 5-foot shark, she raised her bleeding arm and walked over the other sharks and out of the water. "I was leaning back for probably no more than 10 seconds, and this shark just grabbed my wrist".

Seconds later, Zarutskie discovered why swimming with sharks on goal can be a unsafe idea.

"Next thing I knew I was underwater, I felt this and adrenaline just kicks in", she said. Zaruskie said she did not see them. She said she later learned that the risk of infection meant she could have lost her arm or her life.




"I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation".

"I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said. Katarina posted them to social media, where she's been overwhelmed with comments asking for details.

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

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

The University of Miami nursing student was in Staniel Cay, an island in The Bahamas when she entered the marina to swim with a load of nurse sharks. I know he mistook me.

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


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