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Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

The Exuma islands in the Bahamas are famous for their white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and endless photograph opportunities.

Model Katarina Elle Zarutskie was attacked by a nurse shark while on a family trip.

Her boyfriend, Tom Bates, was taking pictures. But, she added, "I am so fortunate that I still have my arm and my life".

The fish have become a local tourist attraction, encircling the local docks and featuring in thousands of tagged photographs online. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped my wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could".

With her boyfriend's dad on photographer duty, she got in the water and took a series of photos.

Zarutskie said she immediately headed for the stairs to get out of the water, holding her bloody arm above her head to keep it out of the water. "My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'It's fine, '" Zarutskie said.

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

Katarina had to get stitches and antibiotics for her injuries, and still has some fragments of teeth left in the wound.

When asked whether she went into the water because the the post would generate a lot of hits on Instagram and increase the number of followers, Zarutskie replied "no".

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She is upset at the way she has been stereotyped and accused of being social-media obsessed and careless. Alright, so that might not quite be a universal experience, but it is, at the very least, one had by the highly unfortunate 19-year-old Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie.

Brunning tried to continue her vacation after receiving treatment, but a serious infection required her to return to Perth for surgery. "Normally when they mistake a hand or fingers for a piece of food".

"I would recommend people to do it, but be smart about it".

"But it's the internet right?"

This might just be me, but having your photo taken fuckin' sucks.

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 attractive place" she has ever visited.

"It's been interesting", she said. "He's a wild animal".

"You can't even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal".

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