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The Instagram model who was attacked by a shark while swimming in the Bahamas said she saw it as an opportunity to 'connect with nature'.
Katarina Zarutskie, a 19-year-old model and nursing student, had jumped right in the water when she saw a group of nurse sharks off the coast of Staniel Cay island.
Adventure - Killer - Instagram - Shot - Shark
But what was supposed to be a memorable adventure - and a killer Instagram shot - soon turned dangerous when a shark bit Zarutskie's arm and dragged her under the water.
Zarutskie told Good Morning America that 'a lot of the locals' had encouraged her to go in and swim with the sharks.
Surprise - Shark - Teeth
So she was completely caught by surprise when one shark got her between his teeth.
'When he bit me, supposedly it sounded like a big vacuum seal,' she said. 'Next thing I knew I was underwater.'
Zarutskie - Arm - Head
Zarutskie said she then immediately lifted her arm above her head.
'I knew I couldn't get my blood in the water,' she added. 'When they see blood that means food.'
'Adrenaline - Water
'Adrenaline was kicking in and I knew I just needed to get out of the water.'
Zarutskie, a student at the University of Miami, was on vacation with her boyfriend's family when she was attacked. She said her boyfriend's father captured the terrifying encounter on camera.
Image - Laguna - Beach - Native - Bikini
In one image, the Laguna Beach native is seen wearing a blue bikini floating on her back in the water with her arms outstretched. About a dozen nurse shark are just inches away.
Another photo captures the exact moment Zarutskie was attacked. In the image, she appears to be splashing in the water as several nurse sharks...
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