Shark bites model during photo shoot in Bahamas

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A Florida student, who is also a model, says she feels lucky to be alive after being bit by a shark while getting her photos taken. 

The 19-year-old woman was swimming with nurse sharks while on vacation in the Bahamas. 

Her boyfriend’s father took a picture of one of the sharks biting down on her wrist before it pulled her under the water. 

“It seemed safe. And you know, I had seen all these photos, so I totally thought it was okay,” explained Katarina Zarauskie, shark bite victim.

In an instant it all changed. 

“All of the sudden – it felt like – 15 different people were squeezing on my wrist really really hard,” said Zarutskie.

A shark clamping down on her wrist. With her boyfriend’s father taking photos and capturing the very moment. 

“Next thing I knew I was underwater, I felt this and adrenaline just kicks in,” said Zarauskie. 

Zarauskie said she covered her bleeding wrist and rushed to dry land. 

The man who owns the marina says nurse sharks are normally docile but those sharks could have been feeding so Katarina’s exposed fingers and limbs might have been tempting.  

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