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Instagram Model Bitten By A Shark While Trying To Take Pictures

Instagram Model Bitten By A Shark While Trying To Take Pictures

You should never work with children or animals. Particularly sharks.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

An Instagram model has been bitten by a shark whilst trying to get a picture with them, floating in a marina.

To many, this might not seem like the smartest thing to be doing - it certainly wouldn't be most people's idea of a good time to jump into an enclosed bit of water with a load of sharks, but hey, each to their own.

The model in question was Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old from Laguna Beach, California.

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. Now, nurse sharks are largely pretty docile, but it's always worth remembering that they are still sharks.

Anyway, Katarina was swimming around with them when one of them obviously mistook her arm for a tasty morsel and bit down on it.

The five-foot long shark then dragged her underwater by her arm. Her boyfriend's dad, who was photographing the whole thing, captured the moment the shark bit her and pulled her away.


She later told NBC News: "He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm,

"I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped my wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could."

After freeing herself and making it to the side of the marina she held her arm above the water so as not to entice the other sharks into a feeding frenzy. That's a pretty smart move, given the circumstances.


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. The same could not be said for her family.

"My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it's fine'," she continued.

There is actually a sign at the marina telling people that the sharks do occasionally bite, and that people swim at their own risk, but Katarina claims that she didn't see it.

The man in charge of the marina, David Hocher, also told NBC: "These animals are considered quite docile but can and do bite on occasion.

"Normally when they mistake a hand or fingers for a piece of food."


As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong.

"I am lucky to have my hand. They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation," she said, adding that the whole thing had been a 'big learning lesson'.

Featured Image Credit: WTHR/NBC

Topics: Instagram, US News, shark