Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas

Houston model bitten by shark while swimming in the Bahamas

A Florida student, who is also a model, says she's lucky to be alive after being bitten by a shark during a photo shoot.

"It was a humbling experience and I've learned a lot", she said.

Speaking with 7News on Tuesday, Zarutskie showed the wrist injury she suffered when a nurse shark bit down on it earlier this summer.

When she got free of the shark's bite, she swam to some steps - holding her bleeding arm out of the water to not tempt more sharks - and got out of the ocean.

A model was bit on the wrist by a nurse shark as she swam in the ocean during a family trip to the Bahamas, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie stands alongside nurse sharks in the Bahamas.

It seems like every time you pose for a photo for your Instagram, you're always getting attacked by sharks, right?

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"Against my boyfriend's wishes and his parents wishes. I thought it was safe and I saw kids snorkeling, and against my boyfriend's family's wishes I thought it would be fine", Zarutskie said. She added the locals were "very encouraging" in telling her to try the activity.

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

The 19-year-old said it's been a journey healing the bite wound.

After freeing herself and making it to the side of the marina she held her arm above the water so as not to entice the other sharks into a feeding frenzy.

But while Ms Zarutskie floated with the beasts swimming her around her, one of the sharks latched onto her arm and dragged her underwater. The group passed an area in the ocean where several nurse sharks were swarming, and since it was promoted that swimming with these creatures was a safe and normal activity in the area, Katarina made a decision to hop in and get some photos (Note: a warning sign by the pool of sharks clearly stated that the animals "can and do bite" on occasion).

"We went to a church on the island after everything was OK and we prayed".

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