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    Teen recovering from shark bite off Padre Island

June 19, 2001, 7:34AM

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- A 14-year-old boy who was bitten by a shark while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico is recovering, but his father is warning others to be careful.

Ed Black said he and his wife, nephew and 14-year-old son, Jared Black, were on a beach south of Corpus Christi when his son was attacked while swimming in waist-deep water.

"What scares me is that there were other people there swimming that day, and they had little kids," Black said.


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The attack occurred June 12, about 10 miles south of Malaquite Beach along the Padre Island National Seashore.

"He never saw the shark," Black told the San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio. "There was just a big bite and blood all over the place."

A park ranger who saw the wound said it was from a bull shark or blacktip shark measuring at least 5 feet long, Black said.

The teen-ager was taken to Bay Area Hospital in Corpus Christi, where he received 10 stitches. He has recovered from his wound without an infection, his father said.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital said today no other information was available.

On May 29, a shark bit a 16-year-old boy swimming about 50 yards off Galveston Island. That attack was the island's third reported shark bite in 20 years.

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