A 42-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the Gulf near Crystal Beach on Thursday morning, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was swimming off a sandbar near Stingaree Road about 10 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. After he was bit, he swam to shore and flagged down a deputy.

The man was not identified by name on Thursday. He is from Alvin, according to the sheriff’s office.

The shark bit the man above the right knee, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy provided first aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was taken to a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.

It was not immediately clear what kind of shark attacked the man.

Shark bites in Galveston County and on the Texas Coast are rare.

Only 43 unprovoked shark attacks have been recorded in Texas since 1911, according to the International Shark Attack File, a record of unprovoked shark attacks kept by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

That number doesn’t count Thursday’s incident.

Of the 43 attacks, 18 have occurred in Galveston County, according to the shark attack file

Only two of those attacks have ever been fatal. The most recent fatal shark attack in Texas was in 1962.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(7) comments

Kelly Naschke

Did the shark really "attack"... or mistake the guy for a meal and spit him out when realizing the guy wasn't breakfast?

Keith Gray

Kelly I certainly understand what you are saying... shark attack vs. shark bite. However, I think we should all know about each incident as to take precautions since the results can be similar.

Steve Fouga

Oh wait! Both bitten and attacked...

Steve Fouga

The article didn't actually say the man was attacked, did it? It said he was bitten.

George Croix

Want an excuse to NOT get in the Gulf beach waters again?
Fly over it in a helicopter and look at what can be seen in the water from that vantage point......some of it close to blissfully unaware beach goers.....
Heck, I even gave up eating fish sticks for a while after that eye opener.....

David Doe

Jaws is BACK! (rolling eyes)

Jarvis Buckley

If it would have been a child it would have been much worse. Folks need to stop fishing for sharks along the beach. It just encourages increased shark bites. Just stop please.

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