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This Instagram model tried to take a glamorous photo with sharks, and it went horribly wrong

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How far is going too far for the perfect picture?

Anna Freeman

11 Julio 2018 13:03

Instagram model and nursing student Katarina Zarutskie went to great lengths to get the perfect photo, but was bitten in the proverbial ass - quite literally.

She was floating calmly in the sea off the Bahamas' Staniel Cay amid a large group of nurse sharks, a popular spot with Insta-inclined holidaymakers, when she suddenly felt her arm being yanked down and teeth burrowing into her skin.

Zarutskie, from Laguna Beach, California, was swimming with the typically non-aggressive nurse sharks when one bit her arm and started to drag her under the water last month.

Her boyfriend's father took several photos before, during, and after the attack, capturing the exact moment Zarutskie’s Insta-ready photoshoot went awry when the 5-foot-long shark took a little nibble.

‘He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm,’ Zarutskie told NBC News on Monday. ‘I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped my wrist out of the shark’s mouth as fast as I could.’

A lot of people would have been forgiven for freaking the fuck out, but she calmly swam to some steps — holding her bleeding arm out of the water so more sharks wouldn’t be tempted to take a bite — and got out of the sea.

Zarutskie, having grown up as a surfer in Southern California, said she was not afraid to jump in the water near a marina. ‘My boyfriend’s family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it’s fine,'" she said.

Zarutskie went to a clinic after the ordeal and had her wound cleaned and wrapped up. She did some of her own research and there is a high risk of infection following a shark bite, so she decided to fly back to Florida the next day for further treatment.

‘[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar,’ said Zarutskie, but, she added, ‘I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life.’

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