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.
"From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", she told the BBC.
Luckily, she's okay...but the photo of her bite is quite brutal.
Katarina Zarutskie was bitten by a nurse shark.
Zarutskie hopes her modeling career will continue and she has not ruled out posing with sharks again. She quickly realized it was best to pull her arm out of the water so blood wouldn't attract more of the creatures, and she was able to get to safety before any more damage was done. "I just felt this huge - it nearly felt like 15 different people were holding onto my arm, really, really hard", Zarutske said. She's been taking various antibiotics to prevent infection from bacteria, and admitted that she's anxious about how this injury will affect her modeling career.
Instead, it turned into one of the scariest moments of her life when Zarutskie floated on her back in the water and one of the sharks bit her wrist.
The 19-year-old is due to start a double-degree in nursing and business in Miami, and is no stranger to the ocean, having grown up doing water sports in her native California. She claims she did not plan to post the photos to Instagram in the first place-and her account has, at the time of writing, gone private. "At that point, your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm".
But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.
Despite concern from her boyfriend's family, she was keen to get into the waters to get some photographs with them.
As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong.
'They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation'.