Shark attacks California Instagram model in Bahamas

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

Zarutskie, who grew up near the ocean in California, spotted a pack of nurse sharks in the water and, knowing they're generally docile, made a decision to get in the water with them to take a photo. "It could have been way worse...they could have all started to attack given that they have a pack mentality", Zarutskie said. "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram". Still, at the end of the day, she said she's "fortunate that [she] still [has her] arm and [her] life".

Zarutskie - a Laguna Beach resident - was on vacation with her boyfriend and his family in the Bahamas and looking for the ideal Instagram shot. "I was staying very calm".

She's since had to make her Instagram private, after people accused her of blaming the sharks and causing the situation herself, but she insists that's not the case. 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.

"They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she tells BuzzFeed. We're so glad she's okay. The sharks, however, will bite people as a defense if they are stepped on or bothered.

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An aspiring model and college student found out the hard way that swimming with sharks is not a good career move.

She did not swim with the sharks through a tour company or any organization that required payment, but, having grown up as a surfer in Southern California, she said she was not afraid to jump in the water near a marina. They are known to have strong jaws to crush hard food such as shellfish and coral. Zarutskie encountered multiple complications and doctors believe there may still be "pieces of the tooth" lodged in her arm.

Zarutskie said she immediately headed for the stairs to get out of the water, holding her bloody arm above her head to keep it out of the water. It happened at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in the Bahamas.

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