Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas

Staniel Cay Marina

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.

Katarina Zarutskie went swimming with nurse sharks in the Bahamas. She was bitten on the wrist, and in true model fashion, she took pictures of the wound.

While in the Staniel Cay area in the Exuma islands last month, Katarina Zarutskie made a decision to go swimming with a pack of nurse sharks.

"I've been on so many different medications", she said.

Zarutskie's boyfriend's father was snapping photos of her at the time and managed to capture the moment she was dragged under by the five-foot shark.

Zarutskie has almost doubled her following on Instagram since her story came out; however, she has since made her account private, partly because she has "received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things", she told BBC.

One user wrote: "I think you handled the situation like a boss!"

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Zarutskie is a nursing and business student at UM, and also a model.

Thankfully she was okay and just had to get stitches and antibiotics for her injuries, though she does still have some fragments of teeth left in the wounds.

"They took the information they wanted and really spun the story in a way that I'm a stupid blonde Instagram model", she says. Katarina posted them to social media, where she's been overwhelmed with comments asking for details. "My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'It's fine, '" Zarutskie said.

"But it's the internet right?" "Next thing I knew I was underwater and I felt this".

She does not want the experience or photographs to put off others from visiting the area or interacting with local wildlife when overseas, and describes the Exumas as the "most handsome place" she has ever visited.

"You can't even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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