Watch: Shark bites model during photo shoot

Watch: Shark bites model during photo shoot

(Meredith) — A Florida student, who is also a model, says she’s lucky to be alive after being bitten by a shark during a photo shoot.

The 19-year-old Katarina Zarutskie was swimming with nurse sharks while on vacation in the Bahamas. “It seemed safe. And you know, I had seen all these photos, so I totally thought it was okay,” she said. Her boyfriend’s father was taking photos, and he captured the exact moment one of the sharks bit down on her wrist and pulled her underwater.

“Next thing I knew I was underwater, I felt this and adrenaline just kicks in,” she said. She then covered her bleeding wrist and rushed to dry land.

Zarutskie said the experience gave her a new respect for nature.

“You really need to respect them in their home, and if you do go swim with them, if you have the opportunity, you do have to take into consideration the risks and also just maybe not lean back.”