SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – A half-digested human head and leg were found inside the belly of a tiger shark caught by a group of fishermen in the waters between Bohol and Camiguin islands last week; a news site MindaNews reported Tuesday.
Bodoy Gorgod, 48 years old, one of the five fishermen from Punta Bilar in Surigao City said, “It was so disgusting. We can’t bear the awful smell.”
Gorgod said he had never caught a shark before with human parts inside since he started fishing more than two decades ago. MindaNews reported that the fisherman described the shark as “so huge” that it might have weighed 300 kilos.
Despite knowing that the catch would fetch a good price, Gorgod said their group ditched the shark, except the head and the fins, when they were still in the deep sea. The next morning, the fishermen sun-dried the enormous jaw of the big shark.
“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,” he added.
The shark, which was caught using hook and line, took the bait around 10 p.m. of Wednesday.
The fishermen believed the shark weighed 300 kilos, however, an expert diver said it could be 600 kilos, based on the teeth and the size of the jaw.
Jake Miranda, member of the Surigao Dive Club, said that the shark’s tooth length is 1.25 inches with a jaw diameter of 17 inches, so in approximation, the shark could have been a 12.5-footer shark with a girth of 90 inches.
MindaNews reported that locals believe that the human remains may be that of one of the missing passengers of the M/V Maharlika 2 ferry. Two male passengers of the ill-fated ship, which perished off Leyte last September 13, remains unaccounted up to now.