In Argentina, found the remains of a man in the belly of a shark, but he was not a victim of its attack

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from Boston University and the University of Florida said that the shark, from the belly of which the remains of a man were recently removed, is unlikely to have killed him – most likely, she ate the remains of an already deceased man.

The remains of a man missing in Argentina were recently recovered from the belly of a dead soup shark (Galeorhinus galeus). The animal was caught by fishermen near the place where the man disappeared.

Diego BarrĂ­a, 32, who lived in the Patagonian province of Chubut, was last seen on February 18. About four days later, local police found a damaged man’s all-terrain vehicle on a nearby beach next to a helmet cracked in two.

On February 26, local fishermen caught three soup sharks near the beach. While cutting the carcasses, they found a human forearm in the stomach of one of the fish. The police first identified the man by a tattoo on his forearm, and then confirmed his identity through DNA testing.

Police suspect that Barria probably died as a result of a collision with a rock, and then his body was washed into the sea. Scientists from two U.S. universities agree, too, who believe it is highly unlikely that a shark killed Barria.

Gavin Naylor, a marine biologist at the University of Florida, added that it was unlikely that a soup shark attacked a person, as it is too large prey for them: the length of the individual, in the belly of which the man’s hand was found, was 1.5 meters.

Mainly soup sharks feed on flounder and sardines near the seabed, but in the open sea they also prey on larger fish and squid.


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