This Instagrammer Was Bitten By A Shark While Posing For A Picture

12 July 2018, 11:07 | Updated: 12 July 2018, 11:15

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This influencer was attacked by a shark. Picture: Katarina Zarutskie

By Josh Lee

The terrifying ordeal was caught on camera

An Instagram model was plunged into a real-life nightmare last month when a picture with a group of typically docile nurse sharks turned into a shark attack.

Katarina Zarutskie was on holiday in the Bahamas in June, when she spotted a group of nurse sharks swimming together in the water. Believing that nurse sharks are "usually very safe," she decided to get into the water and pose for a photo: "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram," Katarina told the BBC.

After encouragement for a local, Katarina decided to lie back and float among the sharks in the water: "After a few seconds, I was pulled under," she explained.

The terrifying moment was caught on camera by her boyfriend's father.

Katarina was floating in the water when a shark attacked
Katarina was floating in the water when a shark attacked. Picture: Katarina Zarutskie // Instagram
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She was pulled under water for several seconds. Picture: Katarina Zarutskie // Instagram
Katerina's quick thinking saved her from a potentially life-threatening situation
Katerina's quick thinking saved her from a potentially life-threatening situation. Picture: Katarina Zarutskie // Instagram

Thanks to Katerina's quick thinking, the shark attack was nowhere near as bad as it could have been

Katerina covered her arm and raised it out of the sea, ensuring that her blood wouldn't spread through the water and attract more aggression from the sharks.

"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," she said.

"I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation."

Katarina was left needing stitches and antibiotics after the shark attack, and still has shark teeth fragments stuck in her arm; but she doesn't hold it against the shark.

"He's a wild animal, and I think anyone that goes and swims with nurse sharks needs to realise it is an uncontrollable situation," she told the BBC. "You can't even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal. I definitely will be thinking twice but it won't be scaring me away!"