A group of fishermen in Surigao City have found half-digested human remains in the belly of a gigantic tiger shark, local media reported.
The shark caught between Bohol and Camiguin islands last week; a news site MindaNews reported Tuesday.
“It was so disgusting. We can’t bear the awful smell,” said Bodoy Gorgod,one of the five fishermen from Punta Bilar.
Gorgod, 48, said he had never caught a shark before with human parts inside since he started fishing at age 20.
Speaking in the crew’s home port of Surigao City, he added: “We feared that the human remains may bring bad luck to us, so we opted to drop to the sea the shark’s body and what’s inside its belly.”
Gorgod estimated the fish weighed up to 300 kilogram but after examining the jaws, Jake Miranda, an expert diver, said the animal may have weighed up to double that and measured more than 4 meters.
Tiger sharks, named for the stripes on juvenile’s bodies, can typically weigh up to 635kg and grow up to 4.25m.
“I don’t want the sight of that jaw, knowing that the shark had eaten a human being,” Perly Santillana was quoted as saying in the MindaNews. “Who knows, the victim’s spirit might visit us.”
Locals speculated the remains could be from one of the missing passengers from the Maharlika II ferry, which capsized off Leyte on Sept. 13 during Typhoon Glenda. Two passengers remain unaccounted for.