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Bahamas Police: Photos Of Human Remains Eaten By Shark Offer Few Clues; Warning: Extremely Graphic Pictures

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamian authorities are still trying to identify the remains of a dead man found inside of a tiger shark caught off the island's coast last weekend.

Investigators are examining pictures of the deceased to gather whether or not the man was alive or dead at the time he was eaten by the shark.

Leon Bethel, head of the Bahamas Central Detective Unit, examined the photos and could not determine if the victim suffered any defensive wounds. Mr. Bethel added they were waiting for a pathologist to examine the remains. The shark's digestive tract will also be examined to determine how long the man was in the shark's belly.

The fisherman who caught the shark in Bahamian waters said a left leg popped out of the shark's mouth when they hauled it on their vessel. When the shark was brought ashore and examined more closely, local officers found the man's right leg, two severed arms and a torso in two pieces.

The victim, still unidentified, is described as a "black man, of a heavy build and structure."

The victim had "neither clothes nor any identifying marks," said Bahamian investment banker Humphrey Simmons, one of the deep sea fishermen who hauled the gruesome catch on board his boat.

Police are also investigating the possibility the man may be one of three men who have gone missing at sea after boat trouble in the past two weeks.

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Please!just accept this for what it is and afix no blame on the shark for (murder)as, this did not happen at Motel 6.
   comment# 1   - Tony DeMaio · Morrilton · Sep 8, 2010 @ 1:16pm

This type of sensationalistic journalism is what really does more damage for our dwindling shark populations. Tigers are famous for not being picky, and cleaning up the oceans is what they do. It has already been determined that this person drowned in the ocean. The shark was just doing her job, and she was killed. If anyone were murdered here, it was the shark.
   comment# 2   - K. Velasquez · USA · Sep 8, 2010 @ 10:07pm

I hate to swim in the ocean any longer.I was a great swimmer/ lifeguard.from the first JAWS book when I finished that on the weekend we had a three quarter of a mile race,I done it but never again.The ocean belongs to them as long as they they don't come on my TURF I stay out off theirs.
   comment# 3   - Patricia F A Edness · BERMUDA · Sep 9, 2010 @ 1:33pm

You guys have been drinking too much koolaid. Here's a newsflash: a human life is worth more than any animal including a shark, polar bear, sea bass, snail, tiger, etc. These people are trying to determine who is dead they have to show the body.
   comment# 4   - Cindy Brown · Catlettsburg, KY · Sep 11, 2010 @ 4:08pm

WE ARE LAND ANIMALS. We create things to stay in the water for longer periods of time and that aint how it was meant to be. Back in the day pirates, voyagers, etc., used the threat of throwing a person into the ocean as a deterrent to disobeying rules/orders. They never dropped anchor and when for a swim for a reason. We act like we are the first few generations who seen devistating shark attacks and "Air Jaws" type kills.
   comment# 5   - David · Bremerton, WA · Sep 17, 2010 @ 2:30am

"Here's a newsflash: a human life is worth more than any animal" And who exactly determines that Cindy??? Your God? Is it my God? Or is it my friend Naseem's God? It's exactly that kind of attitude that makes my wish for a total extinction of the human race. Uhg, people like you make me ill.
   comment# 6   - Erin Huggins · Grand Canyon, AZ · Sep 17, 2010 @ 8:55am

Cindy Brown, I do not value your life more than the life of a cat, dog, or as you like to say, snail. The rest of what you have to say makes sense, but don't presume that your life is worth anyting to me, or anyone else. I could presume you think that human lives are worth more than animals, but some human lives are worth more than others, right, but I am not going to make presumptions like you do.
   comment# 7   - Dirk Peter · New York NY · Sep 17, 2010 @ 9:48am

Erin Huggins, I feel bad for you. You cannot find any basis for valuing a human life over the life of any other animal. I invite readers to contemplate world in which everyone had Erin's view: spray the cockroach, gas the Jew, shoot your neighbor for not cutting the's all the same. If you truly wish for the extinction of the whole human race, then what are you doing about it? Killing people? Planning to kill yourself? So sad.
   comment# 8   - JSM · San Antonio, Texas · Sep 17, 2010 @ 1:07pm

Thank you JSM. We need some sanity. A man got eaten by a shark. We don't know how, or if he was alive when eaten. However, none of that matters. They just want to investigate and figure out who he is, so they can tell the family who is missing someone. If I was missing a family member who was out boating in this area, this article would be quite of interest. Some human the average human being's life is worth more than an animal, but there are plenty that aren't. But I would not wage war on an animal that is being who it is, in it's own habitat. Not that I think that is what this article is suggesting.
   comment# 9   - Dylan · Kent, Ohio · Sep 17, 2010 @ 2:16pm

Also; Peter Dirk, you go to quite the technical level to try to prove a simple point, while trying to make Cindy look like a fool. She did not say murderers lives are worth more than that of a polar bear or a deer, but would you jump in front of a bullet to save a deer? I'm sure you would value your own life higher and hope that if you fell into danger, somebody would put down whatever innocent animal was trying to attack you. It is not their fault, but to save the life of a good person, I would choose the human.
   comment# 10   - Dylan · Kent, Ohio · Sep 17, 2010 @ 2:29pm

Cool. Uh, where is the rest of him?
   comment# 11   - dieter · · Sep 17, 2010 @ 5:06pm

A young woman's husband was attending a conference at a beach resort in Mexico and decided to go for a swim. He wasn't out too far when a number of people heard his screams and saw him being attacked by a shark. By the time help arrived all that was left was a foot and ankle. The question: HOW DO YOU INFORM A YOUNG WOMAN THAT HER HUSBAND MET THIS KIND OF END? Industrial and car accidents - okay, murder and suicide - okay, but this is something that no amount of training can prepare you for. Try formulating the words to adequately express the sympathy and empathy needed in stating what happened to her husband. I had to and I never ever want to have do that again.
   comment# 12   - Ian · Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada · Sep 17, 2010 @ 8:15pm

What? BP didn't cause this?
   comment# 13   - CM · San Antonio · Sep 17, 2010 @ 8:36pm

Jesus the babbling you people do is so incredibly inane. Shut up. Nobody cares about your opinion.
   comment# 14   - Dick Budweiser · los angeles, CA · Sep 17, 2010 @ 10:51pm

@ K. Velasquez Isn't it true that if this Tiger shark came upon a man treading water in the open ocean (e.g., the decedent) and realized a feeding opportunity, the Tiger shark would be doing its job? I find it ironic that everytime a shark attacks and consumes a person, people rush to "judge" people seeing reality for what it is, as if, in the end, there is anything "sensational" about the news reporting that a man-eating shark was killed. There is at least a 50% chance that is true. And yet that is why people are afraid of sharks. Because they actually eat us from time to time. I would bet that more Haitians immigrants alone have been attacked and consumed by these sharks thatn the ISAF totals for the last 10 years. I mean they "went missing". Same thing here, no? Thought so.
   comment# 15   - drudown · Solana Beach, CA · Sep 17, 2010 @ 11:16pm

tony what's your problem ? a man lost his life and all you can think about is the some stupid killer shark. i really wish that was you in that shark belly.
   comment# 16   - sean nixon · bahamas · Sep 18, 2010 @ 12:03pm

... all I can say it.... LUNCH!
   comment# 17   - Kevin Wilson · Cancun, Mexico · Sep 18, 2010 @ 5:50pm

you'll guys are crazy. the things you'll say is incredible . please this man could have been living. we couldn't imagine how bad this could've if he was living at the time.i agree with cindy 100% some yall are jerk off.
   comment# 18   - sdn · west palm beach · Sep 19, 2010 @ 5:30am

Why do people who respond to these news items have no grasp as how to communicate in proper english ? K Wilson, KDN West Palm, Sean Nixon, etc. etc. I agree with you Mr. dork Budweiser.
   comment# 19   - FDT · USA · Sep 21, 2010 @ 6:44am

   comment# 20   - AD · DALLAS, TX · Sep 21, 2010 @ 8:12am

I can't wait until we wake up and kill everything on the planet so we can have more room and safety for our children because everything (especially SHARKS) is evil. But not MAN. Yeah.. Oh, if you agree with me, then you're open minded. If not, then you hate children....
   comment# 21   - CP · US · Sep 21, 2010 @ 3:28pm

Get in my belly!
   comment# 22   - HaHa · grand prairie,TX · Sep 21, 2010 @ 7:56pm

i agree with u cindy people repect animal like way more they repect human life dat shark kill someone and yall worryin bout someone killin dat shark i wish dat was yall gettin eatin from a shark i was there i would let that shark kill yall
   comment# 23   - lathoreo winder · the bahamas · Sep 22, 2010 @ 5:28pm

I am in full accord with Mr. Velasquezs' comment! from what I read here it almost sounds like the man was already dead. And it was the shark who was murdered!
   comment# 24   - R.QUINN · Cherry HIll,NJ USA · Sep 22, 2010 @ 9:16pm

I'm with HaHa. That's says it all. That and it's digestive tract, not track.
   comment# 25   - Tyler · Garland, TX · Sep 23, 2010 @ 9:21am
- Editor: touche

For those of you concern over the death caught shark over the human who is someone father or son......shut the hell up IDIOTS go feast tasty meat than salad you have been eating making dumb comment.
   comment# 26   - Shut theF-up PETA · USA · Sep 23, 2010 @ 7:38pm

@Erin Huggins Grand Canyon, AZ... Environmentalist, whacko nut job tree huggers like you are the real problem. Are you really that stupid? People like you should be the first ones extinguished in your ill thought plan of wiping out the human race. I bet you still have an Obama/Biden '08 bumper sticker PROUDLY displayed on your prius. Not smart enough to figure that one out either ehhhh? I bet those around you would testify that your life is full of bad choices. Smoke a little more weed. It will help numb the pain. What a moron..
   comment# 27   - Geezzze, What a Wierdo · Fort Worth, Texas · Sep 25, 2010 @ 11:32am

wooooooow thats awsome
   comment# 28   - vampsilver · saudi · Sep 26, 2010 @ 6:53am

where i can watch more photos? I am vey long time dont heared what sharks eat peoples...
   comment# 29   - Tony · Kharkiv Ukraine · Sep 27, 2010 @ 7:16am

I am writing a report on this and all of the people that have left retarded comments lilke "well wheres the rest of the body yal are all idiots.
   comment# 30   - chris · San Antonio , United States · Oct 4, 2010 @ 8:47am

Animal life is just as important compared to human life, technically the guy at his own risk went into the water...."where sharks live" and even if the shark killed him the shark did nothing wrong, he was only feeding... we're not the only things living on this earth, animals deserve just as much respect as we demand.
   comment# 31   - bobby · san diego united states · Oct 7, 2010 @ 6:21pm

Everybody dies. Human or animal. What is senseless to one makes sense to another. Seems that the shark had to be cut open to determine the identity of the deceased. That seems responsible and makes sense to me without having to choose animal or human or cast judgement.
   comment# 32   - kevhen · Santa Rosa USA · Nov 7, 2010 @ 12:32am

Oh my gosh!It is a terrible view.This is a real HELL VIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 33   - JORSHUA · BRAZIL · Nov 10, 2010 @ 12:20pm

Hi, I've recently watched the movie Sharkwater with my class and loved it it gives us and in depth view at what really happens when sharks are lifted out of the water, their habitat. And for people who think Sharks are dangerous and monstrous killers well think again, Sharks make more than 93 percent of our oxygen. You are more likely to be killed by lightning than a shark attack.. so is stealing the life of a helpless animal better than 90$ worth of fin soup.. seriously thats a waste of money.. (but if it is your culture then you cant really help that) XD
   comment# 34   - Anonymous · Montreal,QC · Nov 24, 2010 @ 4:11pm

I totally agree with that, i too have seen that movie and loved it, though there are some disturbing scenes it nearly brought me to tears, DEFINITELY a must see. and for this man lifted out if the water how are we sure he didn't drown???
   comment# 35   - Keisha Roberts · London,England · Nov 25, 2010 @ 2:38pm

Well you know what i think, Someone tell me the definition of murder ?? How is that different in this situation, we are being totally ignorant to them, they only kill 5 people a year why would we know so much about what they do... Did you guys know that drugs kill more than 12 000 000 people a year, why are we not so into that?, Well, because Sharks have a really bad image don;t you think? Ad are pretyy Big animals, so media builds on this... they can make you believe what ever they want YOU to.. So anyone ... DEBATE this is a little of topic.. sorry!
   comment# 36   - Anonymous · Montreal,QC · Nov 25, 2010 @ 2:50pm

The man drowned then the shark ate him. so what. I don't think a dead body is really be all that important. the shark didn't kill him. but the shark was about to make some tasty shark cakes regardless. It wasn't a revenge kill. i much like that shark eat meat. im above him on the food chain... tough scat. now im not saying we should hunt any animal to extinction. nor am i saying hey get your spear and lets go a shark hunting... just saying that sometimes we forget that predators are also prey sometimes and thats natural. i don't care that the fisherman killed the shark. but there needs to be strict limitations to hunting. p.s. fun fact. a ton more people get killed every year by falling coconuts than by the total of sharks for multiple years. honest. =P thats a little funny. you must admit. p.s.s with the chumming coupled with diving popularity rising we are likely to see more attacks though. you know. basic animal psychology. making them associate humans with food.... which is not natural for any species of shark. if one actually goes for the kill its a one in a million experience. you'd be more likely to win the lottery... but hey... somebody wins right. so maybe just use a little common sense in the ocean and lower the risk to next to none... since you value your life and maybe don't kill absurd amounts of anything including sharks.... and stop being so left wing, right wing retarded. it is very unflattering.
   comment# 37   - jessica · NewYork, United states · Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:38pm

You win some you loose some.. there are a ton more fish in the sea.
   comment# 38   - A · London · Jan 23, 2011 @ 10:00am

what the hell....Great white Shark and Tiger Shark is public Enemy no one.
   comment# 39   - panji · Jakarta, Indonesia · Mar 2, 2011 @ 6:56pm

Not for nothin, but he shouldnt of been swimming in the damn ocean to begin with. I have deep sorrow dont get me wrong. But, its not like he got his life taken unexpectedly. In a way he did, but if your just taking a casual swim in the tropical ocean, then you kind of ask for it. Dont mean to sound harsh or cruel but..some people just dont think smart until you see jaws of hell comming for you and you just made a tiger shark very happy with a great lunch! Thats why you wont catch me in an ocean or lake or ANY body of water besides a swimming pool, becuz of the fact that us as humans live on Land. And Sharks and Crocks live in oceans and lakes. Dont blame the shark for this accident, Its only the humans fault that this happend . COMMON SENSE!!! Dont swim in the ocean if you dont want to be eaten or bitten by ANYTHING!!with that being said >>> RIP to that dude and my condolences are with his family. NOTE TO SELF---- THINK SMART PEOPLE!!! Dont put yourself in harms way and then maybe your risk of dying that day will be reduced!
   comment# 40   - Samantha! · Las Vegas, Nevada · Mar 28, 2011 @ 9:11pm

I agree with u Jessica and i disagree with u lathoreo by a lot and commonsense sharks aren't as smart as we are but its part of the food chain besides the man drowned first (and may he R.I.P)not like the shark murdered him first then ate him. and in the world theirs more attacks of a person attacking another person and less on attacks of animals on a person so were the most dangerous ones
   comment# 41   - Hayden · New York · Apr 21, 2011 @ 2:01pm

You've been working around with empty belly and as you enter home you see food,you would eat it right,well thats what the shark did. It saw food in its domain.Don't wanna end up being shark food think twice before going out at sea.
   comment# 42   - Jaxn · Suva,Fiji · May 8, 2011 @ 4:17pm

That is soo sad to think of some one losing their life in that way I hope they find out who that is soon. So the family members can be at peace.
   comment# 43   - Lolo · Nassau · May 10, 2011 @ 12:57pm

We just need to respect each and everyone. People, animals every thing that sorrounds us need respect.Everyone has a point but please don't be "like" an animal who fight just for fun.
   comment# 44   - Chico · Manila, Philippines · Jun 8, 2011 @ 12:59am

Animals never fight just for fun, only people do. seriously
   comment# 45   - Markish · London · Jul 22, 2011 @ 12:59pm

I actually kept reading the entirety of these comments because I was intensely amused as to how many people can not figure out how to complete their idea or "yuze proppa gramma." It became a game to me trying to figure out what some of the posts were trying to say. Maybe you were just so taken aback by the austerity of the situation that you became dumb stricken. Seriously, I'm a stupid teenager and I bet 90% of you can't even tell me the difference between its and it's. And the world says education is bad in America? Looks like you guys showed me!
   comment# 46   - grammar police · middle earth · Aug 17, 2011 @ 9:44am

i kept reading too, sitting here laughing. This was very un fortunate, and hey if you want to swim in their pool BE CAREFUl. No need to kill any of gods creatures, be it fish or humans, right. People kill themselves and each other and are just so lame a lot of times now they have to kill everything else on the planet too. Or they just arent happy Sad people really sad
   comment# 47   - ccc · pleasant hill Ca · Oct 2, 2011 @ 1:00am

This is for everybody who had commented about this tragedy. Yes it is sad that a innocent man lost his life and yes it is sad that the shark lost its life but seriously you cant blame the shark for having its instinct kick in and hunt when it sees something it wants to eat. Do you really think a shark is going to care if your human or not? don't think so. Im from montana things like this happen all the time like last week a mans life was takin at yellow stone national park by a grizzly bear but do you think we blamed the grizzly for killing him when its in his nature to attack something in his territory same with the shark. take more precation its nobodys fault what happend just another life lost.
   comment# 48   - Anna Dulmage · Shelby, Montana · Oct 27, 2011 @ 1:06pm

the people who did this needed to know who died. might have been someone who was still living while this happened. the shark, however, should be considered as some kind of murderer. what we all can learn from this article is to be careful and know where u swim. that is all.
   comment# 49   - Michelle Porter · Philippines · Nov 22, 2011 @ 4:19am

Any creature that values the lives of other species more than its own is a genetic deadend and deserves to be grafted out so as not to contaminate the clowns who wish for human extinction because you have a bizarre animal fetish should start with yourselves and do everyone involved a will not be missed.
   comment# 50   - Mac · US · Nov 29, 2011 @ 8:24am

Kill all sharks!!!! Every last one!! Just cause
   comment# 51   - zac · springfeild us · Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:46pm

Comment 3 no life is unequal to another! News flash!!!! There are more humans then sharks and humans kill more!
   comment# 52   - Izmar Miharbi · Usa · Mar 16, 2013 @ 2:02pm

Wao it's a troubling view but we gotta understand when we on there territory it's there way.
   comment# 53   - Al · Brklyn n y · May 27, 2013 @ 11:51am

I am surprised by the number of people commenting that don't have a rudimentary grasp of the English language. Do you not realize that your comments are dismissed due to your ignorance? Please use words and punctuation if you want to be taken seriously. Also, consider turning on your spell check. It would help your cause immensely if you just tried to use proper words/grammar to state your opinions. Without them you just seem to be ignorant, uninformed and easily dismissed.
   comment# 54   - Shaking my head · Norcross, GA. USA · Jun 9, 2013 @ 7:59am

Why feel sorry for any apex predatory animal that gets killed? It's what they do themselves every day to survive without mercy or moral implications. Look at the flip side if it has a taste for humans (dead or alive) it would very likely have taken a shot at another human during it's lifetime. Someone's life probably got saved but for sure many other sea creatures will not fall victim to it's appetite now. The best tiger shark is a dead one. The ocean is not theirs it's ours.
   comment# 55   - Bill Bray · Canada · Dec 25, 2013 @ 3:17pm

Well, I don't know which species life is more valuable than the others, but did any of you check out that shark's body. Whoo... Wee... !!! That's damn hot! That shark is tight like a tiger (shark)!!! I'd love to analize that sexy beast!!!
   comment# 56   - Sea Ray · Phoenix, AZ · Oct 19, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Where's the beef.! Damn tasty. Quite a mouth full.
   comment# 57   - Shark Man · Jackson ca United States · Jan 23, 2015 @ 12:09pm

Sharks very rarely attack humans cause eating them is not a part of their diet..they do itout of curiosity and mistake surf boards and surfers as seals.The sea doesnt belong to us it belongs to aquatic life!Everytime we end up in an overhead environment it is necessary to be cautious whether it being up on the miuntains or in the sea -the risks are always there and even a5 year old would know them!At every beach or area where shark population exists abundantly there are signs that tell people to becareful !at your ownrisk..You are the visitor in in the shark's habitat..dont forget..As a scubadiver I know each year around the world a grotesque approxiamate totak of 100 million sharks are being butchered !!!! you can search the internet about shark fin trade which is so damn unnecessary and cruel against these beautiful and curious animals.Sharks are also at the top of the food chain if we lose them one day due to this heinious crime towards nature then we as humans will suffer the consequences at large.
   comment# 58   - ayca · Turquie · Feb 6, 2015 @ 3:59am
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