NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A 19-year-old Instagram model says she is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a shark as she posed for a photo in shark-filled waters.
"It was a big accident. It's not the shark's fault. It's not my fault. It just happened," Katarina Zarutskie says.
She was in the Bahamas with her family and boyfriend. She was in the water as he boyfriend took photos as a shark latched onto her arm and dragged her underwater.
"I could have honestly died," Zarutskie says.
She says she is blessed that she was only left with a gash and teeth marks on her arm after the incident.
"We went to a church on the island after everything was OK and we prayed. I'm so blessed that it was just this," Zarutskie says.
She says she was not posing for Instagram when she went into the waters and simply wanted a once in a lifetime experience to be with the animals.
"They are very peaceful and to be able to be a part of their home...I was in their home and you have to respect that."