As a fisherman venturing into the vast unknown sea, you never know what ghastly or exciting things you will see. From mermaids to sea monsters to megalodon, those that brave the Ocean have claimed to witness many strange things. A group of five fishermen from the Philippines has had to witness something so harrowing they might not be able for the next couple of months without gagging.
Minda News reported that a human head and a leg with partially digested flesh was found inside the belly of a huge tiger fish caught by Philippines fishermen last week in the waters between Bohol and Camigui Islands.
"It was so disgusting. We can't [sic] bear the awful smell," said Bodoy Gorgod, 48, one of the five fishermen from Punta Bilar. Although he has been fishing since the age of 20, Gorgod says he has never caught a shark with human parts inside it. The fishermen used hook and line to catch the majestic shark, which took the bait around 10.00 pm on Wednesday.
It was so huge, possibly weighing around 300 kilos, and would have fetched the fisherman a handsome price. Usually a kilo of shark meat is sold at a rate of 70 Pesos to fishball makers in Cebu. However, the fishermen chose to dispose of their catch fearing bad luck, keeping only the jaw of the 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 said.
The jaw of enormous shark was sundried the morning after, much to the agony of the wife of one of the fishermen, Perly Santilana. She fears that the presence of the jaw would invite the spirit of the man, whose body parts were found inside the belly of the beast, to them.
"I don't want the sight of that jaw, knowing that the shark had eaten a human being. Who knows the victim's spirit might visit us," she said.
Some believe that the head and the leg may belong to the missing passengers of the M/V Maharlika 2 ferry, which disappeared into the sea in September last year. Two male passengers of the ship are still unaccounted for.
After getting rid of the shark that contained human body parts, another shark caught their bait; however, this one was much smaller and weighed only 42 kilos.