When questioned further, Packer changed his story: His party had perished along the trail, and they were forced—one-by-one—into cannibalism. The Marooned MéduseThere are dozens of tales of cannibalism at sea, stories of desperate sailors clinging to life by gnawing on the bones of their dead shipmates. It wasn’t long before the pioneers were desperately chewing on rugs for sustenance. Around half of the survivors, including groups that hiked out in search of help, resorted to cannibalism. In 2015, researchers corroborated the Inuit’s story when they found skulls and bones with cut marks consistent with cannibalism.