After the incident, Zarutskie released photos of the alleged attack, including a photo of her splashing in the water and an image of her injured arm — and she told her story to multiple news outlets.
"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 told BBC News. "I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation."
Yet shark experts warn not to believe the hype surrounding the viral “shark” attack photo. Despite the slight injury, they say, Zarutskie was never in any real danger. Nurse sharks are very gentle animals who feed on molluscs, stingrays and small fish — and they’ve never fatally injured a person.