A Laguna Beach Instagram model is recovering after an incident in the Bahamas in which she was bitten by a shark and pulled underwater while swimming among a group of them.
The model, Katarina Zarutske, was swimming at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club near a school of nurse sharks. Nurse sharks are generally considered docile toward humans, but they will sometimes bite defensively or if they mistake a human body part for food, which notices at the resort did warn of. The yacht club owner, David Hocher, thinks that's likely what happened, noting that the shark probably mistook her fingers for food, causing it to bite her on the wrist. The shark released its grip fairly quickly, and she was able to cover the wound with her free hand and make it back to shore, after which she went to a hospital for stitches and antibiotics. Thankfully, though the bite left a pretty nasty wound that will likely leave a scar, Zarutske escaped without a more serious or debilitating injury, and she felt no anger toward the shark, noting: "He's a wild animal. I'm a human, and I was in his domain." Always be careful no matter where you're shooting.