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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Giant cod conceals ghastly secret

Workers at an Australian seafood processing plant in north Queensland have made a gruesome discovery - a man's head in the stomach of a giant cod.


It's not an everyday occurrence that you make a discovery like this

Fish factory owner Peter Monson
Factory co-owner Peter Monson said the head was "wholly intact" inside the 44kg (98lb) fish, which was being filleted ready for sale.

The "A Fine Kettle o' Fish" factory in Cairns, about 2,000km (1,240 miles) north of Sydney, had earlier bought the 1.8m (six foot) fish from a local fishing trawler.

Police are investigating whether the head may have been that of fisherman Michael Peter Edwards who disappeared after falling off a trawler near Townsville on Sunday morning.

'Disbelief'

The Morgan Cod, which had been packed in ice since it was caught during the weekend, has been taken away in a body bag for investigation.

"It's not an everyday occurrence that you make a discovery like this, " said Mr Monson. "There was just total disbelief.

"You would never dream of it."

It was unclear how the head ended up in the fish's stomach - Morgan cod suck in their prey and do not have sharp teeth.

Detective Sergeant Dave Miles of Cairns police said forensic experts would be working over the next few days to identify the man's remains.

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