But it was one spot in particular that caught her eye for a quick photoshoot, as she saw an area where nurse sharks were swimming with people jumping in with them to take pics.
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.
As soon as Zarutskie freed herself from the 5-foot shark, she raised her bleeding arm and walked over the other sharks and out of the water.
Zarutskie told NBC that she was pulled under briefly when the reportedly five-foot shark chose to take a chomp on her arm then she "ripped [her] wrist out of the shark's mouth as fast as I could".
Immediately after getting out of the water, Zarutskie went to a clinic at the marina and had her wound cleaned and wrapped. Tourist site Exuma Online says nurse sharks are typically "harmless to humans" and that swimming with them is a regular tourist activity in the Bahamas' Exuma district. She said she doesn't regret it and would do it again. Katarina posted them to social media, where she's been overwhelmed with comments asking for details.
She told WPLG-Ch. 10 that doctors told her that she still has shark teeth fragments in her arm.
But there were warning signs around the picturesque spot where the shark attack took place. I know he mistook me.
"You really need to respect them" she explained, but warned future shark swimmers to "take into consideration the risks" before jumping in the water with them. She had to get several stitches and was put on a round of antibiotics.
Zarutskie is a nursing and business student at UM, and also a model.