SHOCKED fishermen who snared a man-eating shark � found the gory remains of a headless body inside it.When the sailors reeled in the huge 12ft beast off the coast of the Bahamas Islands, they saw a severed human leg between its razor-sharp jaws.
They took the shark back to shore where the country's navy opened up the monster and found the decomposed remains of a severed right leg, two severed arms and a torso in two sections.
Local cops are now trying to discover who the body belongs to � and have narrowed the search down to three missing men.
Last night fisherman Humphrey Simmons, a Bahamian investment banker, described the moment he saw the severed left leg in the Tiger shark's mouth.
He said: "We tied the rope around his tail fin, and pulled him towards the boat.
"We were going to cut the hook out of his mouth and let him go when he regurgitated a human foot - intact from the knee down."
After seeing the leg, Mr Simmons and his friends said they feared the shark may contain more body parts because it was "unusually heavy".
He said: "While pulling up my line. I noticed that it was extra heavy.
"There was so much stink coming from the shark's belly and the belly was so huge that we thought that there might be more bodies inside."
Mr Simmons said the body was that of a "black man, of heavy build and heavy structure. He had neither clothes nor any identifying marks".
Police are awaiting DNA results to tell them if the remains belong to one of three men, one aged 62, another aged 47, reported missing at sea.
Mr Simmons and his two pals Keith Ferguson and Stanley Bernard spotted the shark after going fishing in their 30ft boat on Sunday morning.
They were trying to reel in a grouper fish when the greedy beast became hooked too as it tried to steal the prey.
When they hauled it aboard they made the grim discovery.
After finding the shark 35 miles west of the New Providence island, they headed in shore with an escort from The Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Bahamian investigators are still unsure how the man died and have not ruled out the possibility that he could have drowned first and then been gobbled up by the beast.
British shark experts said it would be unusual for a Tiger shark to attack a human.
Richard Pierce, chairman of the Shark Trust, in Plymouth, said: "Tiger sharks are well known as scavengers. Analysis of their stomachs have unearthed car number plates, furniture and scavenged remains of mammals.
"Tiger sharks have been implicated in attacks but are among the most docile of the larger sharks and are unlikely to attack a swimming human."
Since 1580, there have only been 158 fatal attacks by Tiger sharks on humans, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File.