Laguna Beach Instagram model recovering after shark bite in the Bahamas

James Marshall
July 11, 2018

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

"I'm not afraid of the ocean and if anything I respect and love it more", she says. Zarutskie, who grew up near the ocean in California, spotted a pack of nurse sharks in the water and, knowing they're generally docile, chose to get in the water with them to take a photo. But, she added, "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life".

Seconds later, Zarutskie discovered why swimming with sharks on goal can be a risky idea.

The whole thing was caught in a series of images taken by her boyfriend's dad, as she's seen holding her arm above her head to make sure the blood didn't cause a frenzy. Her post about the incident was inundated with criticism.

"Against my boyfriend's wishes and his parents wishes".

"A lot of locals that were just excited, and encouraging me to swim with them", Zarutskie, 19, said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Good Morning America".

As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong. She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again.

Raised in Laguna Beach, California, Zarutskie said she grew up surfing and enjoying the beach. She was bitten on the wrist, and in true model fashion, she took pictures of the wound.

She told WPLG-Ch. 10 that doctors told her that she still has shark teeth fragments in her arm.

Since her story was featured in U.S. media, Katarina has been inundated with thousands of new followers and comments online, including a barrage of negativity from online trolls.

Katarina chose to swim with a herd of nurse sharks at Staniel Cay - but things went wrong when a 5-foot nurse shark bit her arm and started to drag her under the water. She had to get several stitches and was put on a round of antibiotics.

The injury cut her vacation with her boyfriend's family short.

"We went to a church on the island after, like, everything was OK, and we prayed, because everything is OK, and I am so blessed", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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