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.
The outlet said her boyfriend's father was taking a photo of her as she floated near the sharks when one of them attacked. Apparently not intent on posing for the photo, one of the sharks chose to have a go at her arm. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped by wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could". Tourist site Exuma Online says nurse sharks are typically "harmless to humans" and that swimming with them is a regular tourist activity in the Bahamas' Exuma district. "They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she said, adding that the whole thing had been a "big learning lesson". A photo she shared on Instagram showed the bite in action. "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life".
One user wrote: "I think you handled the situation like a boss!" The same could not be said for her family. Katarina posted them to social media, where she's been overwhelmed with comments asking for details.
She said the shark released quickly, so she was able to cover the bite on her left arm and get to shore.
"It was a very scary experience", she recalls.
As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong. She's been taking various antibiotics to prevent infection from bacteria, and admitted that she's anxious about how this injury will affect her modeling career.
This might just be me, but having your photo taken fuckin' sucks. She got out of the water with just the wrist injury.
Zarutskie is a nursing and business student at UM, and also a model. Despite her scars, the model said she has an even greater respect for nature.