Teenaged boy dies from shark attack in Texas
A 15-year-old boy has died after being struck by a shark in Texas, officials said Monday.
The teen, who was visiting his grandparents in Texas when he went missing, was identified by officials as the teen’s grandfather.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $2,500 to help with funeral expenses, and the teen was named a “hero” on social media.
Authorities believe the boy was attacked by a bull shark, which is considered a high-threat species in the Gulf of Mexico.
“The shark was aggressive toward the boy,” said Houston Police Department Sgt. Patrick Martin.
“We believe the shark was trying to scare him and he got away.”
A bull shark can reach more than 300 feet, and its teeth can be sharp.
According to the Houston Chronicle, a family member told the paper that the boy “was very cute and always wore his swimsuit.”
Authorities have not released the teen name.
In 2014, two people died after a bull tiger shark attacked them in San Francisco, but the incident is not considered a shark attack.
The boy’s grandfather said his son was a very popular swimmer and that he had been to several events and was enjoying a vacation in Texas.
“He loved the outdoors and the mountains and he loved the beach,” said the grandfather, who has not been identified by authorities.
“All he did was go to the beach, go on the surf, go surfing.”