(A juvenile tiger shark from the region. The captured shark was likely a fully grown adult of this species. Credit: Albert Kok)
On the other hand, a childhood friend of Newton's, 37-year-old Samuel Woodside, told The Associated Press that it was unlikely the sailor and part-time chef drowned, as he was "always a strong swimmer."
On August 29, Newton had gone on a boating trip with friends off of Jaws Beach, which is on New Providence, the most populated island in the Bahamas. They experienced engine trouble. Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men aboard who said that Newton and friend Franklin Roosevelt Brown, 62, jumped into the water to try to pull the boat to shore. Shortly after that attempt, the two men disappeared.
Officials launched a search for their bodies, but neither was found.
On September 5, investment banker Humphrey Simmons, who was out deep-sea fishing with two friends, caught a tiger shark. When they hauled the shark on board their vessel, located 38 miles south of New Providence Island, they couldn't believe what they saw, and smelled.