FISHERMEN in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental reported seeing a torso being eaten by an undetermined number of sharks about 10 kilometers from the shore at about 11 in the morning Tueday.
Fernando Vincent Dy Jr., officer-in-charge of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said they received reports from local fishermen at about 9 in the morning Tuesday and had proceeded to the general area where the torso was last seen but when they got there, sharks were already feeding on the remains.
The cause of death remains unclear, Dy said, but the group of fishermen who found the body said the torso was already without extremities when it was discovered floating in the open water.
There was also no report of a missing person in the El Salvador, said Dy.
Dy added they were not able to retrieve any body part as the sharks consumed everything.
“Actually, ang area diha sa dagat sa El Salvador, lalom gayud na siya, so possible gayud naay mga iho diha,” Dy said.
Jun Bacolod, provincial fisheries officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar), said sharks have been sighted in the waters off El Salvador and in Opol before.
“Kani daw na mga iho, ang size kay mga duha ka dupa,” Bacolod said referring to the sharks that fed on the remains.
But Bacolod said they are not certain about sharks’ specie since they were unable to get near them.
Bacolod said shark sightings happen often in the surrounding seas but reports of attacks have been rare.
However, Bacolod said that the recent shark sightings are good since this signifies that the ecosystem in the province is well and balanced.
Meanwhile, Dy cautioned the public against swimming in open water at least until the Bfar has identified the kind of shark that fed on the remains.
“Likayan lang sa gyud nato ang pagligo sa tanan dagat mintras wala pa gyud ta kabalo and wala pa’y formal advisory sa Bfar kung unsa ni siya na iho. Ug siyempre, naa naman gyuy nagpamatuod na mukaon gyud ni siya ug tao, so prevention gyud ta karon,” Dy said.