Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old model and student at the University of Miami, was bitten by a nurse shark in June while vacationing in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family.
As she posed for a photo in the water, one of the sharks bit her arm and dragged her underwater.
Zarutskie told INSIDER that locals encouraged her to swim with the nurse sharks at Staniel Cay Marina.
According to Zarutskie, she has been healing from the shark bite and has undergone multiple rounds of antibiotics to prevent infection, although doctors say that pieces of tooth are still in her arm.
Zarutskie said that since her story has garnered attention she has received sexist backlash from people online.
Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old model and student at the University of Miami, was enjoying a vacation in the Bahamas when it was abruptly cut short by a terrifying experience. While swimming with nurse sharks, a popular tourist activity in the Bahamas, a shark bit down on her arm and pulled her under the water.
On June 7, Zarutskie was visiting the Exuma Islands with her boyfriend and his family when she saw a group of nurse sharks swimming in the Staniel Cay marina.
Zarutskie told INSIDER that they had pulled into Staniel Cay marina for lunch. As they walked back from lunch, she spotted a group of nurse sharks swimming around. According to Zarutskie, other people were already swimming and snorkeling with them.
“I knew that these are usually very harmless sharks, and I’ve seen on Instagram that many people go swimming with them,” Zarutskie said. According to Exuma Online, swimming with nurse sharks is a “once in a lifetime adventure” commonly marketed to tourists. The website claims that nurse sharks are “typically harmless to humans.”
Zarutskie said that locals encouraged her to swim with the nurse sharks.
She said that her boyfriend and his family were “freaking out” at first, but for the first three minutes, she was happily wading in the water with the sharks. According to Zarutskie, a local man advised her to lean back in the water to “get a cool photo,” so she put her head back.
According to NBC News, Zarutskie did not participate in an organized tour to swim with the nurse sharks. David Hocher, the owner of the Staniel Cay marina, told INSIDER that …read more
Source:: Business Insider