Instagram model bitten by shark: 'Next thing I knew I was underwater'

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An Instagram model has hit back at criticism from online trolls after being bitten by a shark while posing for photographs.

But it was one spot in particular that caught her eye for a quick photoshoot, as she saw an area where nurse sharks were swimming with people jumping in with them to take pics. She told the BBC that a "local resident" who was watching the photo session from the pier encouraged her to float on her back.

When asked whether she went into the water because the the post would generate a lot of hits on Instagram and increase the number of followers, Zarutskie replied "no". She began floating in the water and everything seemed fine, but then one of the animals bit her and dragged her underwater.

But while posing for the pictures a shark bit into the model's wrist and held her underwater for several seconds.

She did not swim with the sharks through a tour company or any organization that required payment, but, having grown up as a surfer in Southern California, she said she was not afraid to jump in the water near a marina. She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again.

Zarutskie has almost doubled her following on Instagram since her story came out; however, she has since made her account private, partly because she has "received a lot of rude and hateful comments from people that were saying ridiculous things", she told BBC.

Revealing all to Buzzfeed, she said: "Nurse sharks are calm creatures", adding that she had seen photos of people swimming next to them before.

But there were warning signs around the picturesque spot where the shark attack took place. She went to the hospital to get treatment for her infected wounds. Doctors believe there may still be fragments of shark teen lodged inside her wrist.

"You can't even predict how another human is going to react to situations, let alone an animal".

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