Model’s Boyfriend’s Dad Keeps Snapping Photos While She Is Bitten by Shark

Model and nursing student Katarina Zarutskle was swimming in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas when she was bit on the wrist by a shark.

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Model and nursing student Katarina Zarutskie was basking in the waters of Staniel Cay in the Bahamas a few weeks ago, she told NBC. "I grew up surfing, and sharks don’t scare me. And nurse sharks are normally harmless. My boyfriend’s family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it’s fine.'"
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She was calmly floating among the sharks when one started to take an interest in her (top right). Zarutskie said that the reason she was in the water with nurse sharks is because locals were feeding the sharks and said they were safe to swim with, so she jumped in.
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But as she swam, a shark approached the model, with a focus on her outstretched arm...
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The 5-foot shark then chomped down on her wrist. "I am honestly so lucky that the other ones didn’t attack me because nurse sharks have pack mentality," she said. "My boyfriend’s dad kept taking photos. I was able to pull my arm out, I'm glad I did that in time. Nurse sharks’ esophaguses are like a vacuum."
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The shark then pulls Zarutskie into the water, which is documented in the photos. Luckily she was able to free herself from the shark's grasp and get out of the water before any other incidents happened. "I didn’t scream or anything. It felt like 10 people squeezing my arm really hard and the shark pulled me under water," she said. "I honestly think adrenaline kicked in. I dive, and I knew I needed to get my hand out. I ripped my wrist out in a certain way and I put my arm above my head immediately so the blood didn’t hit the water. I was happy when I got out of the water."
Zarutskie also shared a photo of her wrist after it was treated by doctors in Florida. She has to receive stitches and antibiotics and is currently still seeing doctors about her treatment, she said.
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