Aug 9, 2018, 3:39 PM ET

Man appears to have been bitten by shark in Texas, authorities say

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A 42-year-old man has been bitten by what appears to be a shark on a beach in Galveston, Texas, according to local authorities.

The man, who is from Alvin, Texas, about 30 miles away, was bitten above the knee in his right leg around 10 a.m. Thursday, the Galveston County Sheriff's office posted on Facebook.

He was swimming off a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico near Crystal Beach when he felt a tug in his leg, according to the sheriff's office.

PHOTO: Crystal Beach in Galveston Texas is pictured in this undated Google Maps photo.Google Maps
Crystal Beach in Galveston Texas is pictured in this undated Google Maps photo.

Images released by the sheriff's office show the man's leg covered in deep bite marks.

The man was taken to the the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office.

PHOTO: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is pictured in this undated Google Maps photo.Google Maps
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is pictured in this undated Google Maps photo.

There have been 18 unprovoked shark attacks off the coast in Galveston County, according to the International Shark File, a database kept by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

ABC News' Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.

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  • Fatesrider

    Only nibbled on? I thought everything is bigger in Texas. If he didn't lose the entire lower half of his body, it obviously wasn't a Texas shark. Probably just a tourist from Florida...

  • WorkingClass

    "There have been 18 unprovoked shark attacks...." -- I'm more curious to know the number of provoked shark attacks.

  • Reddig Dogstone

    "...bitten by what appears to be a shark on a beach..."

    Witnesses reported the shark had been seen loitering earlier near the Snack Shack, and the beach attack may have been in response to a misunderstanding over an order of fried cod and chips.

  • Toshi Hitsugaya

    What may have been a shark.. In Texas. Are we afraid the ocean might sue us for defemation?

  • brickmette

    What a relief that the article says that this man was bitten in Galveston.
    I originally thought he had been bitten here in Abilene.