Sep 7, 2010 5:09 PM by Melissa Canone
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Bahamian police said Tuesday they are
trying to identify human remains found in the stomach of a tiger
shark caught off the Exuma islands.
Forensic investigators were conducting DNA tests on the two
legs, two arms and severed torso found inside the 12-foot
(3.6-meter) shark, said Assistant Police Commissioner Glenn Miller.
He said the remains appeared to be a couple of days old, but
that it was not clear whether the person was dead or alive when
consumed by the shark.
The tiger shark can migrate long distances and has been known to
Miller said at least two people have been reported missing
recently on the archipelago. He also didn't rule out the
possibility that the remains are those of an impoverished migrant
whose boat might have capsized during a risky sea journey to
Three fishermen made the grim discovery Saturday after hooking
the tiger shark about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of New
Providence, the most populated Bahamian island.
One of the fishermen was Bahamian investment banker Humphrey
Simmons, according to The Tribune newspaper, which quoted Simmons
as saying that the remains were those of a man.
"He had neither clothes nor any identifying marks," Simmons
Marie Levine, executive director of the Princeton, New
Jersey-based Shark Research Institute, said that for all the hoopla
about shark attacks, they're relatively few and fatalities are even
"With tiger sharks, it's unusual for them to attack someone
when alive," Levine said. "They don't tend to go after something
that's alive and can fight back."
She said tiger sharks, which have clean-edged, serrated teeth,
are known to travel through Bahamian waters quite a bit.