Filipino fisherman hooked a large shark last week that would have brought them a good price at the market, but what they claim to have found inside its stomach had them throwing it back.
They said saw in the belly of the shark what they believed to be a human head and leg.
“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,” Bodoy Gorgod, who helped catch the shark between Bohol and Camiguin islands last Wednesday, told Minda News.
The fishermen said the tiger shark weighed more than 660 pounds, which is actually rather small for this kind of shark that the Florida Museum of Natural History puts at ranging from 850 to 1,400 pounds.
“It was so disgusting. We [couldn't] bear the awful smell,” Gorgod told the news source.
Though the fishermen dumped the body of the shark, Minda News reported that they took the fins and the jaw, which their wives didn't want around for fear of bad luck as well.
Minda News reported that some locals believe the alleged remains in the shark could have been one of the missing passengers from a ferry that floundered nearby in September.
There does not appear to be any photos or other evidence of the catch to verify the fishermen's claims that the shark seemed to have eaten a human being.
Fishing for some sharks is illegal in the Philippines, but a tiger shark is not listed as a threatened species, according to Minda News.
(H/T: Fox News)
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