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Shark Attack At Crystal Beach, Texas
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:02:01 AM »
One of the places I sup surfed in 2017, because of its small but consistent waves; was Crystal Beach, Texas on the Bolivar Peninsula. I haven't been down there so far in 2018 because the place has been without any real waves to sup surf this year.

Yesterday a male beach goer was in the water in the gut around the 2nd sand bar enjoying the 87 degrees F water temperature when he felt a bump. Then a few seconds later, he got bit by a large shark right above his knee on his thigh. You can read about it at the link below and there is a graphic picture of the bite wound.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/08/09/breaking-texas-beachgoer-bitten-by-shark-rushed-to-hospital.html

Judging from the teeth marks from the wound, it looks to me to be a bite from either a large bull or blacktip shark which are a quite common in the waters off of Bolivar. I'm guessing the shark was around 6' in length.

So the next time I venture out to sup surf the waves at Crystal Beach, which has three good sup surfing beaches (Sunrise, Bluewater, Crystal), I'll have to pay attention and keep alert for any dark shark shapes prowling the guts between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sand bars.

BTW, the link to these beaches, which have streaming webcams, can be seen at the links below.

https://www.bolivarpeninsulatexas.com/Webcams/Sunrise-Beach

https://www.bolivarpeninsulatexas.com/Webcams/Bluewater-Beach

https://www.bolivarpeninsulatexas.com/Webcams/Crystal-Beach-Surf
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Re: Shark Attack At Crystal Beach, Texas
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 05:49:51 AM »
Eeeech!  Those will make some toothy scars...   

Jim


Night ...I kinda take exception to "enjoying the 87 degrees F water".   That's like being here today with 1000% humidity.  More eeeech!
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Re: Shark Attack At Crystal Beach, Texas
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 07:26:43 AM »
Eeeech!  Those will make some toothy scars...   

Jim

Night ...I kinda take exception to "enjoying the 87 degrees F water".   That's like being here today with 1000% humidity.  More eeeech!

Jim. Haven't you ever heard the old saying, "Women LOVE scars on a man".   8)  I've had eleven major medical procedures and I can tell you, my wife loves those scars on me from all of those medical procedures if you get my drift.   ;D

As for the 87 degrees F water temperature, at this time of the year (almost mid August), the water temperature is usually at  89 degrees F, but we've had a lot of Saharan sand in the air which has made its way from Africa on the upper level winds across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico oceans. With all the Saharan sand in the upper air levels helping to block some of the sunlight, our water temperature is a "cool" 87 degrees F at the moment.

When we had a severe drought a few years back, the air temperature was between 104-107 degrees F everyday from July till the end of
August. Combined with the humidity and dew point, we had heat indexes of between 112-115 degrees F everyday for those two months. This gave us beach water temperatures of 92 degrees F or more.

With the beach water temperature of 92 degrees F, the sharks (bull, blacktips) keep their distance since they prefer the cooler water offshore a few miles from the beach. With the beach water temperature at 87 degrees F, the sharks are coming close to the beach now. So close, they're scraping their bellies in 2' of water depth right off the beach.

So when it comes to beach water temperature, one has to take the good with the bad so to speak. Where I sup surf and others prone surf, we get to pick our poison.   ;)

On a more serious note, I'm more concerned about flesh eating bacteria (Necrotizing Fasciitis) in the beach water than I am about sharks at this time of the year because of the high beach water temperature.
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Re: Shark Attack At Crystal Beach, Texas
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 09:23:43 AM »
Sounds brutal down there Night.  You're right to pay attention to Vibrio. I didn't realize there were different strains 'till I read this piece.  "CDC: Vibriosis causes about 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the United States." (in the piece below)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-resident-dies-after-coming-into-contact-with-a-flesh-eating-bacteria/2018/07/19/cb497bee-8b51-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html?utm_term=.9948e1413ffe

We had some poor bastard here a couple of years ago at my beach town who was closing the condo to head to his condo in Phoenix for the winter.  He was cleaning the bottom of his boat, either Friday or Saturday, before he hauled it for storage  ..'took a fever that evening ..they ended up airlifting him to Hopkins on Sunday  ..he was ready for the crematorium Tuesday. 

I kited bayside in shelly, brackish water for over a decade cutting my feet regularly...  When your # is up, eh?!

Jim
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Re: Shark Attack At Crystal Beach, Texas
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 06:06:36 PM »
A little follow up on this attack.

After the individual was transported to the John Sealy Hospital at Galveston, his bite wound was treated (stitched up and given antibiotics) and after an examination of the bite marks on his thigh, it was determined he was bit by a bull shark.
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