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September 21, 2010

Shark Caught With Belly Full of Human Remains

By David Maccar

Anglers find all kinds of things in fish stomachs and throats that can help them decide what the hottest baits are for the area. But when it’s a severed human limb popping out at you, it’s not such an easy hatch to match. And when it happens in waters where a “Jaws” movie was filmed, it’s extra ominous. Check out the full story from Daily Mail:

Human remains found in the belly of a shark are probably those of a man who disappeared from a boat off Jaws Beach--an island where one of the Jaws movies was filmed, police in the Bahamas said.

Fingerprints were used to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, Assistant Police Commissioner Hulan Hanna said. It is unclear if the 43-year-old was alive when he was eaten.

Mr. Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on August 29 and encountered engine trouble. Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men on board who said that Mr Newton and a friend jumped into the water to try to swim back to shore.

Officials launched a search for them, but neither was found.

On September 4, a local investment banker caught the 12ft tiger shark while on a deep-sea fishing trip and he said a left leg popped out of its mouth as they hauled it in. When officers with the island's defense force cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.

One of Mr. Newton's friends, Samuel Woodside, 37, told reporters that he was surprised when he heard police say Mr. Newton probably drowned. “To me, he was always a strong swimmer,” Mr. Woodside said. “I don't know what happened.”

Mr. Woodside said he and Mr. Newton were childhood friends and would go fishing almost every weekend when Mr. Newton was not working as a sailor on cargo boats or as a chef at local restaurants.

Mr. Newton did not favour one fishing spot over another, Mr. Woodside said. “He was a sailor, you see,” he said. “Anywhere where he could get a fishing line, he would go there.”

Mr. Newton was not married and did not have children, but he left behind his mother and a brother, Mr. Woodside said.

The beach near where Mr. Newton was last seen is located on the small island where the 1987 shark-terror sequel film Jaws: The Revenge was partially filmed. The capital, Nassau, is also on the island.

The moral of the story: when your engine fails in tropical waters, call it in and wait for help. Don’t swim for it unless you have to or you might become a man-sized hunk of chum.

—Dave Maccar

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Well now there is a fish story to tell your grandkids.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

WOW!! That's all I got, oh, and what a F'n TERRIBLE way to go!

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from seadog wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Ouch! Horrible way to go but it beats dying slowly in some hospital bed with tubes & gizmos stuck in you everywhere.

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from Jehnifer Quinn wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

yikes

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from LAKEM0NSTER85 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

That's one thing you've got to remember; when you're heading off-shore, & sometimes in-shore, you are potentially part of the food chain.

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from nerffodder wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I bet the shark was hoping the guy he ate was one of the directors of Jaws: The Revenge. That movie was terrible. I think this story would make a better movie (Guys go far out on ocean to fish, engine dies, they wait for help, two guys try to swim to shore, help still doesnt come, shark eats helicopter) it actually pretty scary.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I suspect this shark was a scavenger,...not a predator in this case. Just a hunch

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Thats like something out of a bad movie catch a shark and a leg pops out.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

thats pretty scary... wow

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from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

So what happened to the friend that jumped in with him? Surely he'd know something.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Not surprising at all, Tiger sharks are fierce predators and will attack anything that moves. It had to suck for a couple minutes knowing that you were gonna be ate and turned into poo!

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Horrible way to go.

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from gibr22 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The shark in the pic appears to be a Tiger shark,which is a known maneater. Just ask a guy from the USS Inianapolis, god bless them. Not only offshore but inshore and the beach is treacherous. I dare you to go swimming during the mullet run here in South Florida. The trail of sharks following the mullet makes good TV news. A few years ago a man jumped in the intercoastal waterway behind his to save his dog. He was attacked and killed by a Bull Shark. The Ocean commands more respect from me than facing down a water Buffalo in Africa

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well as long as they dont use aborted fetuses and hospital leftovers for bait :P
Worst thing is it would probably work great too :D

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from mexhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Dude im sorry for the loss of your friend. and for who caught this, what did you think? I'm sure I would blow chunks! So just woundering... what bait DID you use?
fly fishermen, go to bass pro for tan and red feathers. just kidding.

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from chanel1 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

That's all I got, oh, and what a F'n TERRIBLE way to go! Chanel

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from jbird wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

WOW!! That's all I got, oh, and what a F'n TERRIBLE way to go!

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from LAKEM0NSTER85 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

That's one thing you've got to remember; when you're heading off-shore, & sometimes in-shore, you are potentially part of the food chain.

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Well now there is a fish story to tell your grandkids.

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from seadog wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Ouch! Horrible way to go but it beats dying slowly in some hospital bed with tubes & gizmos stuck in you everywhere.

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from Jehnifer Quinn wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

yikes

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from nerffodder wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I bet the shark was hoping the guy he ate was one of the directors of Jaws: The Revenge. That movie was terrible. I think this story would make a better movie (Guys go far out on ocean to fish, engine dies, they wait for help, two guys try to swim to shore, help still doesnt come, shark eats helicopter) it actually pretty scary.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I suspect this shark was a scavenger,...not a predator in this case. Just a hunch

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Thats like something out of a bad movie catch a shark and a leg pops out.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

thats pretty scary... wow

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from huntenthusiest wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

So what happened to the friend that jumped in with him? Surely he'd know something.

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from Walt Smith wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Not surprising at all, Tiger sharks are fierce predators and will attack anything that moves. It had to suck for a couple minutes knowing that you were gonna be ate and turned into poo!

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from Coachcl wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Horrible way to go.

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from gibr22 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

The shark in the pic appears to be a Tiger shark,which is a known maneater. Just ask a guy from the USS Inianapolis, god bless them. Not only offshore but inshore and the beach is treacherous. I dare you to go swimming during the mullet run here in South Florida. The trail of sharks following the mullet makes good TV news. A few years ago a man jumped in the intercoastal waterway behind his to save his dog. He was attacked and killed by a Bull Shark. The Ocean commands more respect from me than facing down a water Buffalo in Africa

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Well as long as they dont use aborted fetuses and hospital leftovers for bait :P
Worst thing is it would probably work great too :D

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from mexhunter wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Dude im sorry for the loss of your friend. and for who caught this, what did you think? I'm sure I would blow chunks! So just woundering... what bait DID you use?
fly fishermen, go to bass pro for tan and red feathers. just kidding.

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from chanel1 wrote 3 years 25 weeks ago

That's all I got, oh, and what a F'n TERRIBLE way to go! Chanel

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