This Instagram Model Got Bitten By A Shark During An Impromptu Photoshoot

This Instagram Model Got Bitten By A Shark During An Impromptu Photoshoot

'These animals are considered quite docile but can and do bite on occasion, ' David Hocher, who owns Staniel Cay marina close to where the incident occurred, told NBC News.

She's since made her Instagram account private, however, due to "rude and hateful comments" from people who think she somehow was to blame for the attack, per the BBC. Thinking in a much clearer fashion than I imagine I would after having been BITTEN BY A DAMN SHARK, she swam to some nearby steps, keeping her arm out of the water so as not to attract more sharks with the blood.

Her boyfriend, Tom Bates, was taking pictures.

But while Ms Zarutskie floated with the beasts swimming her around her, one of the sharks latched onto her arm and dragged her underwater.

Ms Zarutskie then swam to shore as her arm bled. "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram". She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again. Tourist site Exuma Online says nurse sharks are typically "harmless to humans" and that swimming with them is a regular tourist activity in the Bahamas' Exuma district.

Stitches and antibiotics were all that was needed to fix her up-though there are still shark teeth fragments in her arm, and she'll likely have scarring-and Zarutskie doesn't hold a grudge against the shark.

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An Instagram model has been bitten by a shark during an impromptu photo shoot.

She is upset at the way she has been stereotyped and accused of being social-media obsessed and careless.

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 handsome place" she has ever visited.

"They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she tells BuzzFeed.

Raised in Laguna Beach, California, Zarutskie said she grew up surfing and enjoying the beach.

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