An Instagram model has hit back at criticism from online trolls after being bitten by a shark while posing for photographs.
Katarina Zarutskie has permanent scarring from the shark attack.
Zarutskie hopes her modeling career will continue and she has not ruled out posing with sharks again.
Now, nurse sharks are largely pretty docile, but it's always worth remembering that they are still sharks. She quickly realized it was best to pull her arm out of the water so blood wouldn't attract more of the creatures, and she was able to get to safety before any more damage was done.
"[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. Her post about the incident was inundated with criticism.More news: Fox, Pavon, Van Rooyen share Irish Open lead
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Zarutskie's boyfriend's father was snapping photos of her at the time and managed to capture the moment she was dragged under by the five-foot shark.
She did not swim with the sharks through a tour company or any organization that required payment, but, having grown up as a surfer in Southern California, she said she was not afraid to jump in the water near a marina. "I was pulled underwater for a few seconds and then ripped by wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could".
"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 says. Apparently not intent on posing for the photo, one of the sharks chose to have a go at her arm.
She jumped into the water on her own, without any sort of tour guide.
Taking to her social media, she welcomed the fact that her story had gone viral, hailing it as an opportunity to remains travellers to respect Mother Nature while exploring foreign countries. She got out of the water with just the wrist injury.