An Instagram model has fired back at flak from internet trolls after being bitten by a shark while posing for photos.
Katarina Zarutskie, 19, was holidaying with her beau and his family in the Bahamas last month when she noticed people snorkeling with a pack of nurse sharks.
Katarina opted to make the most of her bae-cation and went into the water to get some selfies with the elasmobranch fish.
However while posing for the pics, a shark bit into the model’s wrist and held her under the water for several seconds.
It led to Zarutskie needing antibiotics and stitches for her injuries, and she may require further surgery to dislodge fragments of the nurse shark’s teeth which remain in the wound.
Since the distressing event surfaced the model has received an onslaught of criticism from online trolls.
The 19-year-old model has clapped back at the unmannerly critiques, including fictitious claims that she ignored advice or/and went into the water during the sharks’ feeding time.
“They took the information they wanted and really spun the story in a way that I’m a stupid blonde Instagram model,” she stated to the BBC.
“I’ve definitely received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things.”
She added: “From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe. I’ve seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram.”
Fortuitously, the aspiring model was able to pull her wrist free of the shark and raised the wound out of the water to prevent the blood from spreading throughout the water.
Katarina has been left with a grim scar but she said her ability to remain calm prevented the assault from being far worse.
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