The model who was bitten by a shark while posing on holiday


Katarina stands on a swing above the ocean
Katarina has been trolled online over the attack images, and has hit back at ‘stupid blonde’ insults

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

So when model Katarina Zarutskie visited with her boyfriend and his family last month, she was keen to make the most of the beautiful sights.

After a family lunch in an area known as Staniel Cay, Katarina spotted people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nurse sharks nearby.

Despite concern from her boyfriend’s family, she was keen to get into the waters to get some photographs with them.

‘Child of the Sea’

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.

“From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe,” she tells the BBC. “I’ve seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram.”

The fish have become a local tourist attraction, encircling the local docks and featuring in thousands of tagged photographs online.

She says that after a few minutes posing, a local resident on the pier encouraged her to lie back and float in the water.

“At this point people were starting to take photos and right as I lay back, after a few seconds, I was pulled under,” she says.

Her boyfriend’s father was photographing Katarina at the time, and accidentally caught the whole incident in a series of images.

Katarina Zarutskie lying back in water, with shark visibly biting her arm
The moment the shark took a bite was unwittingly captured by her boyfriend’s family
Katarina Zarutskie seen struggling under water
Katarina was pictured struggling under water, trying to free herself
Katarina Zarutskie holding arm in the air
Social media tags show that thousand of others have posed with the sharks in the Bahaman resort

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Sasha Harriet

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