Scourge of sailors?

When this specimen was mounted  in about 1900, there were very few illustrations of live sharks. Taxidermists often had to rely on their imagination. This is why the anatomy of this great white shark is not quite realistic and its pectoral fins and tail stock are a little too thick. Allegedly the taxidermist found the shoe of a sailor of the Austro-Hungarian Navy in the shark’s stomach. This does not necessarily mean, that the sailor was eaten by the shark. Possibly the shoe was thrown overboard as waste.  On display in Hall XXV.(© NHM Wien, Lammerhuber)