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


An opportunity to "connect with nature" turned into a frightening shark-biting incident for an Instagram model.

Katarina Zarutskie, a nursing student in Miami with nearly 28,000 Instagram followers and her own blog, was enjoying a trip to the Bahamas last month when she decided to swim with a group of nurse sharks.

"A lot of locals that were just excited, and encouraging me to swim with them," Zarutskie, 19, said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Good Morning America.” "I saw it as an opportunity for me, another chance to connect with nature."