"My boyfriend's family was freaking out when I went to swim with the sharks and I was like, "it's fine", she continued.
An Instagram model has been bitten by a shark whilst trying to get a picture with them, floating in a marina.
The student conceded that she had been advised against going to the water alongside the marine predators prior to the incident. She told the BBC that a "local resident" who was watching the photo session from the pier encouraged her to float on her back.
But as she posed for a photo, a shark latched onto Zarutskie's arm. "I just felt this huge - it nearly felt like 15 different people were holding onto my arm, really, really hard", Zarutske said. Zarutskie, who grew up near the ocean in California, spotted a pack of nurse sharks in the water and, knowing they're generally docile, chose to get in the water with them to take a photo.
After she was bitten, she held her arms up out of the water to keep her blood from attracting more sharks. The same could not be said for her family. Zaruskie said she did not see them. She's been accused of being a dumb blonde who is obsessed with social media.
The vision shows Ms Brunning right at the water's edge as one of the sharks swims in front of her.
When asked why she went ahead anyway, she replied, "It's just a once-in-a-lifetime experience".
To many, this might not seem like the smartest thing to be doing - it certainly wouldn't be most people's idea of a good time to jump into an enclosed bit of water with a load of sharks, but hey, each to their own.
Raised in Laguna Beach, California, Zarutskie said she grew up surfing and enjoying the beach. The group passed an area in the ocean where several nurse sharks were swarming, and since it was promoted that swimming with these creatures was a safe and normal activity in the area, Katarina made a decision to hop in and get some photos (Note: a warning sign by the pool of sharks clearly stated that the animals "can and do bite" on occasion).