"From my previous knowledge from surfing and scuba diving, I know nurse sharks are usually very safe", she told BBC News.
The 19-year-old model, who has travelled around the world for work, endured the shock of her life as she was bitten by a shark while she was posing in the sea. "What happened was an accident, and I don't want to throw the shark under the bus", Zarutske said.
Katarina Zarutskie went swimming with nurse sharks in the Bahamas.
According to the Exuma Online, a tourist website for the island claims nurse sharks are "harmless to humans" and promotes swimming with them as a "once in a lifetime adventure". She quickly realized it was best to pull her arm out of the water so blood wouldn't attract more of the creatures, and she was able to get to safety before any more damage was done. "[The doctors] now believe that I still have pieces of the shark teeth in my arm and I will forever have a scar", she said, slightly concerned for her modeling career. She was bitten on the wrist, and in true model fashion, she took pictures of the wound.
While she had her boyfriend's father taking the photos for her, she spilled: "I leaned back, and then that shark, he came and he bit down on my arm and pulled me under".
She says that after a few minutes posing, a local resident on the pier encouraged her to lie back and float in the water.
During her holiday in the Bahamas, the blonde beauty came upon a spot where nurse sharks were swimming - and she chose to get a photo with them. "I've seen countless photos of people with them on Instagram".
"At that point your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm", she says.
As for Katarina, she know that the sharks didn't do anything wrong. She got out of the water with just the wrist injury.