Large shark found in hotel bath

in News · 17-06-2000 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

A British tourist, during a visit to the Algarve, decided to take his trophy from deep-sea fishing trip to his hotel room at the Marinotel in Vilamoura. When it finally succumbed in the fresh water in which it was placed - and only after a huge fight - the guest phoned reception to inform them he had a shark in his bathtub.

An unidentified Briton, aged "somewhere in his thirties", according to Marinotel Director Diamantino Silvestre, was not satisfied with a simple photograph of what Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso suggested to be a 1.5 metre shark he had caught off the seas of the Algarve.
Given his joy at this accomplishment, which few of his friends and family will ever have the opportunity of emulating, he decided that the fish would be a perfect ornament in his five-star bathtub, and the right tool with which to scare the person he had been sharing the hotel room with (the hotel only confirmed that he had been sharing the room with "another person").
The slippery specimen, probably still alive, was taken to the room. As Diamantino Silvestre explained to THE NEWS, it "was supposedly covered in beach towels" to hide it from the hotel staff. Given the flooded nature of the hotel room, it is believed that an enormous struggle for survival must have occurred before the creature died.
According to Expresso, the first employee at the scene found what was believed to be shark filling the bath tub with its size, although it was already dead when the bellboy arrived.
At the end of the hotel staff's ordeal with mini-jaws, a note was discovered which politely read that the former guest hoped the hotel administration had appreciated the gift he had left in his bath tub.
The guest returned to the UK the following day, though the hotel management was adamant in stressing in that "it was a joke and was therefore treated as such. He was not kicked-out of the hotel".
According to the hotel director, the fish discovered in the bathtub was merely that, and believed that it was closer to being a metre-long than the 1.5 metres suggested in earlier reports. It was most certainly a "big fish" and "did have teeth".
Recent memory suggests that this is a first for the Algarve hotel industry, where most British tourists usually attempt to catch other species to play with in the bath tub.

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