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Shark Bites Man Swimming Off Sandbar Near Beach In Galveston

A Texas man was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after being bitten by a shark.

The 42-year-old beachgoer was near Crystal Beach on Bolivar Island when the attack happened.

The University of Texas Medical Branch told KHOU a patient was being treated for a shark bite on his thigh, just above his knee. His injury report was not life-threatening.

The victim reportedly told paramedics: “The shark bumped me. Then he wanted to taste me.”

Other beachgoers told local media the Crystal Beach sheriff and beach patrol had warned them about a shark attack.

The Houston Chronicle reported that there have been 43 unprovoked shark attacks recorded in Texas since 1837, according to the International Shark Attack File database kept by the Florida Museum of Natural History. Eighteen of those attacks happened in Galveston County, more than anywhere else in the state.

Two children were attacked by sharks off New York’s Long Island in July.