Disturbing find inside shark’s stomach
A missing British tourist is believed to have been eaten by a shark - after a hand wearing his wedding ring was found inside the stomach of a shark.
The 44-year-old went missing while swimming off the French Island of Reunion, near Madagascar, over the weekend.
The tiger shark was killed as it had been swimming near tourist beaches and was believed to be a threat - and the severed hand inside appears to have confirmed the fears.
An investigating source said: "It is feared that the hand belonged to a tourist who was reported missing on Saturday afternoon by his wife."
The suspected attack victim has not been named but is said to be a British national from Scotland.
The source continued: "The tourist and his wife were spending a week on the island and he had gone out swimming in the Hermitage Lagoon, off Saint-Gilles, alone on Saturday.
"When he did not get back, his wife sounded the alarm, and a full search was launched, involving boats and a helicopter.
"Divers searched around a coral reef in the area, and there were also patrols on land involving sniffer dogs. Sadly, the man could not be found."
There are frequent shark attacks around Reunion, which is in the Indian Ocean, some 500 miles from Madagascar.
Tiger sharks have a record second only to Great White sharks for attacks on humans, but it may be that the man drowned and his corpse attracted the fish.
DNA tests are due to be carried out on the hand, but scientists from the CSR Shark Safety Centre on Reunion have been told that the wedding ring "conformed to one identified by the man's wife," said the source.
The dead shark was more than 3 metres long and was one of five considered a threat to those in the sea.
Swimming and other water activities are heavily restricted on Reunion due to the high risk of shark attacks.
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