Shark Attacks At Surfside: Texas Teen Battles Shark In Waist-Deep Water, Suffers Deep Bites To Leg And Hand [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 18, 2013 10:27 AM EDT

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A shark attack at Surfside Beach along Texas’s Gulf Coast landed one Texas teen in the hospital with severe bite wounds. In the past 100 years, Texas has seen 37 shark attacks along its coasts. (Photo: Reuters)

A shark attack at Surfside Beach along Texas's Gulf Coast on Monday put 15-year-old Garrett Sebesta in the hospital with severe bite wounds to his leg and hand. While the Texas teen is reportedly in stable condition after his battle with the violent brute, he did suffer severe nerve damage to his hand and is missing a chunk of his calf following the shark attack at Surfside.

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International Business Times reports that on Monday, Sebesta was wading in waist-deep water at Surfside Beach, a barrier island located about 65 miles south of Houston and situated on the Gulf of Mexico. The teen, who was on a trip with kids from his church group, was bitten on the left leg by a shark. He began to beat the shark with his fists to fend it off, but it bit him again on the hand.

After members of his church group helped Sebesta to shore, the 15-year-old was taken to Memoral Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is being treated for serious nerve damage in his hand, and is missing a chunk of his calf.

It is unknown exactly what type of shark attacked Sebesta at Surfside Beach.

Monday's shark attack at Surfside was unusual. Surfside Assistant Police Chief Gregg Bisso told CNN that there have been no reports of shark attacks along Surfside's 5-mile long coastline in the past 25 years.

According to the International Shark Attack File 2012 worldwide shark attack report, Texas has had a total of 37 unprovoked shark attacks since 1911. Two of them were fatal; the last deadly shark attack off Texas's coast was in 1962.

In The U.S., Florida is notorious for having the most unprovoked shark attacks. Since the turn of the 19th century, Florida has seen 663 unprovoked attacks, with 11 of them being fatal. Over half of these attacks occur along Florida's Atlantic Ocean coast. California has seen a total of 109 shark attacks since 1926, 10 of which were fatal; most of California's attacks took place in San Diego and northern California.

Just a few days prior to the shark attack at Surfside, a young female in her 20s was attacked off the Florida coast. Tiffany Layson was surfing at Atlantic Beach, Fla., when a shark bit her in on the foot around 5 p.m. Saturday. Layson, in shock when paramedics found her, was able to bring herself to shore, and lifeguards performed first aid on her. She is recovering in the hospital.

Read more from iScience Times:

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