A man swimming at a beach in Texas was bitten by a shark on Aug. 9.
The man was swimming near Crystal Beach, northeast of Galveston in the Bolivar Peninsula at 10 a.m., when the shark bit him just above the knee, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said the man suffered multiple puncture wounds to his right leg but was able to reach shore and flag down help.
“The shark bumped me. Then he wanted to taste me,” the victim told paramedics, reported KHOU.
The 42-year-old victim was treated at an emergency medical station on the beach and then rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
A spokesperson at the university said doctors were treating the victim and that he was in stable condition.
People at the beach believe they may have seen the shark.
“We were out there boogie boarding and I saw a big dark shadow in the water and I didn’t really think nothing about it until we heard there was a shark attack,” said Brooke Perry, a tourist.
According to Tracking Sharks, 20 attacks have been reported in the United States so far this year, with two being fatal. Eight of those have occurred in Florida.
According to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, there have been 18 attacks in Galveston County since 1911. Since 1837, most attacks have been recorded in Florida by far, with 812; the next highest are: Hawaii (159), California (122), and South Carolina (102).
Texas has had 65 attacks since 1865, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Derek York with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told the Chronicle that the sharks most likely to interact with humans are bull, blacktip, spinner, tiger, and hammerheads.
Officials haven’t identified what type bit the man this week. York said that “based on the size of the bite, it was probably a medium-sized shark about 3 to 5 feet in length.”