This Instagram Model Got Bitten By A Shark During An Impromptu Photoshoot

Katarina Zarutskie was holidaying in the Bahamas, with her boyfriend and his family last month when she made a decision to go swimming with nurse sharks in the marina, NBC reports.

Despite concern from her boyfriend's family, she was keen to get into the waters to get some photographs with them. She began floating in the water and everything seemed fine, but then one of the animals bit her and dragged her underwater.

The photographs show her instinctively covering the wound and raising her arm up in an effort to stop the blood spreading through the water.

The teen said she felt the shark's teeth sink her wrist but managed to rip her arm free of the mouth as quickly as she could.

"I've been on so many different medications", she told WSVN-Ch.

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!"

Her nursing studies came in handy when she received the nasty bite.

She is upset at the way she has been stereotyped and accused of being social-media obsessed and careless. She added the locals were "very encouraging" in telling her to try the activity.

Alongside photos from the misguided shoot, she wrote: "PSA: Sharks are cute and can nibble at times if not careful".

This might just be me, but having your photo taken fuckin' sucks. She had to get several stitches and was put on a round of antibiotics.

"Sharks are wonderful creatures and attractive but you really need to respect them in their home and maybe not lean back, " she told the Miami ABC affiliate.

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