Shark Bite In Texas *WARNING: Graphic Image

A 42-year-old beach-going Texas man was near Crystal Beach on Bolivar Island on Thursday when he was rushed to the hospital after being bitten by a shark. 

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 reportedly 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.

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Photo credit: Galveston County Sheriff's Office

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