The body of a sailor who disappeared off Jaws Beach – on an island where one of the “Jaws” movies was filmed – has been found inside the stomach of a tiger shark.
Police in the Bahamas used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results.
It is unclear if the 43-year-old Mr Newton was alive when he was eaten.
Mr Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach, where Jaws: The Revenge was filmed, on August 29.
The group, who were fishing off New Providence Island, encountered engine trouble and called for help.
Rescuers found three men aboard 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 12-foot 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 cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.
One of Newton’s friends, Samuel Woodside, 37, said 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 wasn’t working as a sailor on cargo boats or as a chef at local restaurants.
“He was a sailor, you see,” he said. “Anywhere where he could get a fishing line, he would go there.”
The beach near where Mr Newton was last seen is located on the small island where the 1987 Jaws film was partially filmed.