Shark bites University of Miami student in Bahamas

Instagram Model Katarina Zarutskie Savaged by Shark During Bahamas Vacation

Hocher sent NBC News a picture of a sign at the marina that warns guests that nurse sharks "can and do bite" and that visitors must "swim with the sharks at your own risk" - but Zarutskie said she did not see the sign. The 19-year-old from California was on vacation with her boyfriend and his family when she heard that swimming with nurse sharks was a fun and safe activity.

Katarina chose to swim with a herd of nurse sharks at Staniel Cay - but things went wrong when a 5-foot nurse shark bit her arm and started to drag her under the water.

An aspiring model and college student found out the hard way that swimming with sharks is not a good career move. "My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'It's fine, '" Zarutskie said.

"He had my wrist in his mouth and I could feel his teeth sinking into my arm". "I was leaning back for probably no more than 10 seconds, and this shark just grabbed my wrist".

The University of Miami student visited a local clinic following the incident, but chose to fly back to Florida the next day after learning shark bites carry a high risk of infection.

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Still, she said, locals encouraged her to lay back and enjoy floating next to the sharks - despite the sharp teeth being mere feet from her. She said the shark released quickly, so she was able to cover the bite on her left arm and get to shore.

Zarutskie did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Perth woman was also attacked by nurse sharks last month with vision of the attack caught on camera. While feeding a small group, Melissa Brunning was dragged into the water by her finger before breaking free.

Melissa Brunning was hand-feeding a group of tawny nurse sharks on the back of a boat in Dugong Bay, in WA's far north, when one latched on and nearly took off her finger. It clamped on it and it felt like it was shredding off the bone. I don't know where to look.

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