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Missing Scottish tourist was eaten by a shark

By T.K. Randall
November 7, 2019 · Comment icon 10 comments

The tiger shark is one of the most dangerous species of shark. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Tony Hisgett
An investigation has revealed the fate of a holidaymaker who recently went missing off the island of Reunion.
The unfortunate 44-year-old, who had been on holiday with his wife, was reported missing on Saturday afternoon after he failed to return from a solo swim in the sea.

The island of Reunion, which is a French overseas territory in the Indian Ocean, is a hotspot for shark attacks, leading to swimming and surfing being banned along large swathes of its coastline.

The investigation into the man's disappearance would go on to take a dark turn when one of five large sharks caught off the island was found to have a human hand in its stomach.

Tragically, the hand was wearing the missing man's wedding ring.
"It is feared that the hand belonged to a tourist who was reported missing on Saturday afternoon by his wife," said one of the investigators. "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."

While authorities are still working to positively identify the hand, the missing man's wife has already confirmed that the ring is his.

It appears that he was either attacked and killed by the shark or drowned and devoured afterwards.

Either way, it is a tragic end to what should have been a holiday of a lifetime.

Source: Herald Scotland | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
Note to self.  Swim in clear, clean man made pools only.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
"Hotspot for shark attacks"....."Large swathes of beach closed"...........Looks like a Darwin Award to me. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
Hey at least he never took the wedding ring off. Loyal till the end
Comment icon #4 Posted by Carnoferox 5 years ago
The picture accompanying the article is a sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus), not a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) as it is labelled. Sand tigers are relatively harmless and have never been responsible for a fatal attack on a human.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Habitat 5 years ago
Well, I learnt something a "sand tiger shark" is what we call a "grey nurse", and yes, they are not regarded as a risk to swimmers.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Carnoferox 5 years ago
Sand tiger is the American term and grey nurse is the Australian, if I'm not mistaken.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
That's awesome to be part of the food chain !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
Perhaps that shark liked a drop of scotch.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Habitat 5 years ago
Some amazing things have been found in the stomach contents of tiger sharks. One story had a drum of some kind. Another bizarre story was of a shark that was caught, disgorging a man's arm, that had a distinctive tattoo. It was identified as belonging to a criminal who had gone missing, presumably murdered and dumped at sea.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Amanda Evans 5 years ago
The News feed is sad. Lava tube man and now this. What horrible deaths...

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