Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

Image Instagram  Katarina Zarutskie

Image Instagram  Katarina Zarutskie

She said the shark clamped down on her wrist and pulled her under.

The world is more accessible than even thanks to Instagrammers like Katarina Elle Zarutskie. who shared a series of snaps from her trip to The Exumas, off The Bahamas. She was swimming on Stanley Key Island, known for it's crystal clear water and normally docile nurse sharks.

"From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", she tells the BBC. Zarutskie was able to break free and swim to the shore. "I just felt this huge - it nearly felt like 15 different people were holding onto my arm, really, really hard", Zarutske said.

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.

Zarutskie, a Southern California native, said doctors told her it could have been much worse.

"I don't regret it, and I would do it again to bring awareness", she said.

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But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.

There is actually a sign at the marina telling people that the sharks do occasionally bite, and that people swim at their own risk, but Katarina claims that she didn't see it.

"Adrenaline was kicking in and I just knew I needed to get out of the water", she said, leery of riling up the sharks with blood in the water.

"I've definitely received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things". She got out of the water with just the wrist injury.

She says she was not posing for Instagram when she went into the waters and simply wanted a once in a lifetime experience to be with the animals.

Since coming out of the water and reflecting on the situation, she added: "They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation".

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