Instagram model bitten by shark while posing for photos

Jul 11, 2018

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Instagram model bitten by shark while posing for photos

Jul 11, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Shark Week is just around the corner, but it seems one lady decided to get into the spirit of things a little early. The BBC reports that “Instagram model” Katarina Zarutskie was on vacation in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family. Naturally, she wanted to make the most of the beautiful environment for her feed, so photos were taken.

After spotting people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nearby nurse sharks, she decided that this would be a great opportunity for photographs. She says she saw it as an opportunity to “connect with nature”. Well, one opportunistic shark decided to connect with Katarina and then proceeded to drag her under the water.

While floating on her back, a nurse shark grabbed Katarina by her arm and then dragged her under the water. She did manage to break loose, standing upright and raising her now-bleeding arm above the water. The whole incident was captured on camera by her boyfriend’s father, who carried on shooting during the entire thing (sorry, what?).

The BBC reports that she remained calm during the incident, and proceeded to head out of the water as quickly as possible, holding her arm aloft.

A native of Southern California, 19-year-old Katarina is no stranger to the ocean and is due to start a double-degree in nursing and business in Miami. She tells the BBC that from previous experience she knows that “nurse sharks are usually very safe”, and the fish have become something of a local tourist attraction.

Katarina, who has around 30,000 followers on Instagram, has since turned her profile private due to the deluge of troll and abusive comments she’s received since.

One can hardly blame her, really.

Nurse sharks don’t typically attack people, but as this story proves, it certainly does happen. So, be careful out there, folks. They’re still wild animals.

[via BBC / GMA]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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15 responses to “Instagram model bitten by shark while posing for photos”

  1. Jim Roberto Avatar
    Jim Roberto

    “Connect with nature”. Yes, I’m sure that was her intent.

  2. Haje Jan Kamps Avatar
    Haje Jan Kamps

    It’s a deep connection. And some really sharp images. I hope she finned what she was looking for.

  3. Ghislain Côté Avatar
    Ghislain Côté

    1- I am glad she is ok. Nothing comparable to other selfies tragedies… It was daring, but not to the point of stupid… So, bad luck, I guess…
    2 – That said : INSTAGRAM FEED, INDEED.

    I will see myself out ?.

  4. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Darwin…

  5. Tom Dahm Avatar
    Tom Dahm

    Features tho?

  6. Renlish Avatar
    Renlish

    It astonishes me how people will troll for any reason these days. Why? Nurse sharks are usually docile, it’s not her fault that this one was braver than most and probably thought she was holding out food like tourists do.

    1. Robert Williams Avatar
      Robert Williams

      Maybe it thought “hey lady, you’re never going to see anything interesting up there, come with me.”

    2. Bill Avatar
      Bill

      “It’s not her fault”?
      Really? She got into the shark’s place, didn’t she?

      If someone broke into your house, would you say “I am usually a calm person, it’s not his fault I knocked him on his head”?

      1. Renlish Avatar
        Renlish

        Dude, it’s a calculated risk that EVERYONE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER makes when they go to the beach or go diving. Stop being an asshat. I don’t remember the last time my house was robbed BY A SHARK acting on instinct.

        AGAIN – it’s an area frequented by many tourists, the sharks are used to humans and are a lot braver than they would normally be. If you wave your hand in front of a shark’s face, they generally think it’s a food offering. When we’re floating in the water, we look like seals (food) to sharks. Grey Nurse sharks are opportunistic reef feeders and will even eat dead/dying sharks – if she wasn’t moving much, the shark might of thought it would be ok to take a bite. It looks like she was unaware of the shark’s presence. She had no reason to be concerned, just more aware of what was going on – which was her only fault.

        1. Bill Avatar
          Bill

          1. I didn’t call you an asshat.
          I didn’t talk about a SHARK entering your house, but a person.
          (Minor detail, I know)

          2. A wild animals’ area frequented by many tourists does NOT belong to the tourists -it’s STILL a wild animals’ area. That’s why I insist it WAS her fault to enter this area just for the 15-minutes glory.

          3. Generally speaking, to believe that anyone should behave like we would expect, it seems to me like (a bit of) insanity.

          Furthermore, to believe that sharks should be calm and/or predictable because we think they are used to humans… this seems to me like obvious paranoia.

          Again: Generally speaking. Nothing personal.

    3. Cris Morales Avatar
      Cris Morales

      They are right to troll when you are an attention seeker that does stunts for Instagrams views. I’m sure she’s happy from the attention she is getting. SMH.

  7. Say10 Avatar
    Say10

    Play stupid games. Win stupid prizes.
    BTW….”Instagram model” is not a thing.

  8. Alecio P Avatar
    Alecio P

    And people write articles questioning the human empathy for people like that

  9. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    Sea life is one of the things we have to contend with if we want to enjoy nature’s waters. It IS their habitat! Remaining vigilant, not being alone, and knowing how to respond, can help reduce these incidents or prevent them from being tragic.
    If you are not savvy to this, stay out of the water. It seems like this shark was just a little more determined than the others, or, that he thought her hand held food. Thankfully, it wasn’t worse! I think she handled herself fine!

  10. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    What gets me more is that her boyfriend’s father just kept filming. That was seriously whacked.