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Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 119–121 | Cite as

Postmortem wounds caused by cookie-cutter sharks (Isistius species): an autopsy case of a drowning victim

  • Takahito Hayashi
  • Eri Higo
  • Hideki Orito
  • Kazutoshi Ago
  • Mamoru Ogata
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Case report

A woman in her late 50s was found deceased and floating in an ocean bay in a temperate region (N31°33′48″, E130°33′55″) surrounded by wave dissipation blocks. The woman’s appearance was orderly, except for her sweater, which was turned up to her face. Her jacket, shoes, and bag were found on a nearby block. The police investigation ascertained that she suffered from depression and had previously contemplated suicide. No suicide note or farewell letters were found. She was last seen alive, by relatives, approximately 6 days earlier.

Medico-legal autopsy revealed several antemortem abrasions and bruises on the head, one of which was accompanied by mild subarachnoid hemorrhages without cerebral contusions on the right parietal lobe. In addition, the victim showed the typical findings of drowning such as ballooning of the lungs (weight: left, 310 g; right, 380 g) with impressions created by the ribs and so-called “Paltauf spots” on the pleural surface, bilateral pleural...

Keywords

Forensic Pathologist Bite Mark Tiger Shark Carcharodon Carcharias Shark Attack 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Dr. Kazuhiro Nakaya (Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido University, Japan), Tetsuji Miyazaki and Yoko Ihama (Department of Legal Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Japan) for their instruction on the character of the Isistius species and for their valuable assistance in providing photographs of the shark.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takahito Hayashi
    • 1
  • Eri Higo
    • 1
  • Hideki Orito
    • 2
  • Kazutoshi Ago
    • 1
  • Mamoru Ogata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Legal Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental SciencesKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  2. 2.Yatsushiro Coast Guard Station, Tenth Regional Coast Guard HeadquartersJapan Coast Guard, KumamotoKumamotoJapan

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