The BBC reports she'd finished lunch one day on Staniel Cay with her boyfriend and his family when they came upon people snorkeling with nurse sharks. Her boyfriend's father was taking photos, and he captured the exact moment one of the sharks bit down on her wrist and pulled her underwater. Zarutskie was able to break free and swim to the shore.
Katarina Elle Zarutskie, 19, posted photos of her wound on Instagram, detailing the incident before getting an overflow of comments and going private. "[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", she said, slightly concerned for her modeling career. A photo she shared on Instagram showed the bite in action.More news: Cardi B welcomes baby girl Kulture Kiari with Offset
She added: "I am so lucky to have my hand".
"[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", said Zarutskie, who noted she was anxious about the injury affecting her burgeoning modeling career.
"I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said. She's been accused of being a dumb blonde who is obsessed with social media.More news: Scientists have shown how a huge iceberg broke away from Greenland
But there were warning signs around the picturesque spot where the shark attack took place. "I guess you know you have to take it with a grain of salt and it comes with the territory". She got out of the water with just the wrist injury.
A Perth woman was also attacked by nurse sharks last month with vision of the attack caught on camera.
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.More news: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns amid Cabinet's deep divisions over Brexit