Katarina Zarutskie, 19, got the scare of her life when the nursing student was bitten by a nurse shark.
While in the Staniel Cay area in the Exuma islands last month, Katarina Zarutskie made a decision to go swimming with a pack of nurse sharks.
Zarutskie had the injury cleaned and wrapped at the marina but travelled to Florida the following day for further treatment thanks to the risk of infection that comes with having a shark bite into your arm.
Katarina Zarutskie was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas, in an attack that her boyfriend's father caught on camera.
Her boyfriend was snapping pictures when the incident took place.
Ms Zarutskie has permanent scarring from the attack. She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again. "And it was very humbling that you still don't blame what happened on the shark". I wasn't screaming and crying. "It was a testament to how calm I stayed". "They are wild animals and it's an uncontrollable situation", she said, adding that the whole thing had been a "big learning lesson".
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Luckily, she managed to free herself and swam up to some steps to get out of the water - holding her arm so that the blood would not attract other sharks.
The shark grabbed her and took her under the water.
"We went to a church on the island after, like, everything was OK, and we prayed, because everything is OK, and I am so blessed", she said. "Normally when they mistake a hand or fingers for a piece of food".
"My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, 'it's fine, '" she said.
"It was a humbling experience and I've learned a lot", she said.
"Sharks are wonderful creatures and handsome but you really need to respect them in their home and maybe not lean back, " she told the Miami ABC affiliate.