No, they won’t close the beaches, but Galveston County officials are being extra vigilant after a man was bitten by a shark Thursday near Crystal Beach, authorities said.
The 42-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was attacked around 10 a.m. as he swam along a sandbar off the Bolivar Peninsula, KPRC-TV in Houston reported.
He is from Alvin, south of Houston, and was up and walking in his hospital room after the attack, the television station reported.
Authorities released a photo of the victim that showed he was missing small chunks of flesh on his right leg above the knee.
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“He was awake, talking in the truck,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said of the victim, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Sheriff’s officials said they had no plans to close the beaches.
In July, a woman said she believed she had been bitten by a shark while she was swimming near the jetties around 38th Street in Galveston, but she never saw what caused a long gash in her leg.
“It just felt like something punched me in the leg really hard,” Laura Dean told KPRC. “And I looked down because I thought I had run up against the jetty or something. But I wasn’t anywhere near it.”
Dean said hospital employees said it looked like she had been stabbed.
“Then I told them that it happened in the water and I wasn’t sure what happened,” Dean told KPRC. “They said it was obviously something really sharp and that I was lucky that it missed the tendon.”
According to the Shark Research Institute, 58 attacks have been recorded in Texas waters since 1900, with only five fatalities.
The most recent recorded attacks in Galveston occurred in June 2016 and October 2015. Neither was fatal.
The most recent official shark attack death occurred Aug. 19, 1962, when someone fishing in waist-deep water was attacked near Port Isabel.