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Instagram model attacked by shark in Bahamas

Instagram model attacked by shark in Bahamas

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.

The 19-year-old model, who has travelled around the world for work, endured the shock of her life as she was bitten by a shark while she was posing in the sea.

Zarutskie maintains she "love [s] sharks".

Immediately after getting out of the water, Zarutskie went to a clinic at the marina and had her wound cleaned and wrapped.

Her boyfriend was snapping pictures when the incident took place.

But while Zarutskie was floating in the water, one of them latched on to her arm and dragged her under.

The University of Miami nursing student and aspiring model went into shark-infested waters willingly during her trip to the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family.

"I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said.

The shark held her underwater for several seconds before she managed to tear her wrist from its grip. "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram". "It seemed safe. And you know, I had seen all these photos, so I totally thought it was okay", she said.

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 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 chose 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).

Taking to her social media, she welcomed the fact that her story had gone viral, hailing it as an opportunity to remains travellers to respect Mother Nature while exploring foreign countries. She will also always carry a scar.

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