updated 9/15/2010 1:31:52 PM ET 2010-09-15T17:31:52

A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach — on an island where one of the "Jaws" movies was filmed — is probably the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say.

Authorities used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, Assistant Police Commissioner Hulan Hanna said late Tuesday.

It is unclear if Newton was alive when he was eaten.

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Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on Aug. 29 and encountered engine trouble. Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men aboard who said that Newton and a friend jumped into the water to try to swim back to shore. Officials launched a search for them, but neither was found.

Story: Shark survivors team up to save species

On Sept. 4, a local investment banker caught the 12-foot (3.6-meter) tiger shark while on a deep-sea fishing trip and he said a left leg popped out of its mouth as they hauled it in.

When officers with the island's defense force cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.

The beach is located on the small island where the 1987 shark-terror sequel film "Jaws: The Revenge" was partially filmed. The capital, Nassau, is also on the island.

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Video: Attack survivors stand up for sharks

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    CARL QUINTANILLA, co-host: Back at 7:50. They have the scars that make forgetting impossible, but apparently they can forgive. A group of nine shark attack survivors are here in New York this week. They're pushing the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. The unexpected advocates were brought together by the Pew

    Environment Group, and they're with us this morning: Mike Coots, Debbie Salamone and Krishna Thompson. Good morning to all of you.

    Group: Good morning.

    QUINTANILLA: You all have similar experiences. I want to begin with you, Mike . You were body...

    Mr. MIKE COOTS (Shark Attack Survivor Turned Shark Advocate): Body boarding, yeah.

    QUINTANILLA: ...body boarding off the coast of Kauai ...

    Mr. COOTS: Yep , yep.

    QUINTANILLA: ...back in 1997 .

    Mr. COOTS: Yep. It was early morning. I had gone out with some buddies and paddled out. And nice little wave came, started paddling for it, and a large tiger shark came up, grabbed onto me, did the rag doll type thing real quick. Didn't really feel any pain, just a lot of pressure. It was over really fast. And caught a small little wave to the beach and my friend took my surf leash, made a tourniquet, rushed to the hospital, and about a week in the hospital through rehabilitation, got a prosthetic and back out surfing. Yeah.

    QUINTANILLA: Which took you a few months. Why then -- why protect this vicious predator, as we know them to be?

    Mr. COOTS: Well, after the attack, I mean, I was just going through a bunch of stuff and the Pew Environment Group had contacted me and kind of asked if I wanted to get into shark conservation and gave me some numbers and stuff, and figures and statistics, and I was just blown away. I mean, I -- it was like 70 million sharks a year. And I had no idea this was going on and felt kind of compelled, in my position, to do something and kind of turn a negative into a positive. And, you know, Hawaii , we're such an ocean-based thing, and I know the sharks are really crucial in what we're doing, and yeah.

    QUINTANILLA: Krishna , you had a similar experience in the Bahamas , and you make the point that this is sort of what sharks do, right?

    Mr. KRISHNA THOMPSON (Shark Attack Survivor Turned Shark Advocate): Yes, right.

    QUINTANILLA: They're really only living on their instinct -- on their instinctive nature.

    Mr. THOMPSON: Yes, correct.

    QUINTANILLA: And does that make it easier to protect them despite what they've done to you?

    Mr. THOMPSON: Yes, definitely. But without a doubt, I mean, this was a terrible attack. I mean, I saw the shark coming towards me, I tried to get away. It swam between my legs and grabbed my left leg between my knee and my ankle, and I heard its teeth go grr right onto my leg.

    QUINTANILLA: You say it was like a cartoon, right? The sound was...

    Mr. THOMPSON: I wouldn't say that. It was -- it was -- it wasn't a cartoon.

    QUINTANILLA: You -- you've said the sound was like a cartoon, and you've used the rag doll description as well, right?

    Mr. THOMPSON: Yes. It shook me like a rag doll and I just had to tense myself up, try not to let water go up my nose. And what I did was I threw a punch...

    QUINTANILLA: Yeah.

    Mr. THOMPSON: ...and then I took my hands and tried to release my leg from its jaws, and it worked.

    QUINTANILLA: Debbie , we should just make a quick point on some of the practices that sharks are -- live with, and that is finning, using their fins for soup, and then basically letting them out into the open to bleed to death or die.

    Ms. DEBBIE SALAMONE: Yeah, up to 73 million sharks are killed this way each year. And now we have nearly 30 percent of all shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. So we need to...

    QUINTANILLA: We'll watch...

    Ms. SALAMONE: We need to end finning.

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