Small miracles happen every day when we look around with a broad mind. Just like this story of a mullet fish that may be stuck in a wedding ring that was lost months ago. A snorkeler managed to find a man’s missing wedding ring after seeing the jewelry around the fish’s neck.
Suzie Quintal and her husband Nathan Reeves, who live on the Gold Coast, visited Norfolk Island about 1,600 km. northeast of Sydney, Australia, to visit family for Christmas.
But when Reeves went swimming in Emily Bay, he suddenly realized his ring had fallen off.
All hopes of finding the ring were lost until last week when a local snorkeler, Susan Prior, spotted the missing wedding ring stuck in the body of a mullet fish.
She said she found out about the couple who lost a wedding ring earlier this year and that he managed to track them down on the community Facebook page.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Prior said the sight of a fish trapped inside the ring was “heart-breaking”.
She said she had seen other fish trapped in plastic rings but seeing one fish weighed down by this gold metal made her worry.
“The metal can only be released by catching the fish with a net and carefully removing it,” Prior said. “The fish seems fine so far, but as it grows, the ring will slowly cut it.”
Quintal said her husband had been looking for the missing jewel everywhere but to no avail.
“He tried to find it and then broke the news to me and I was really upset,” she told Daily Mail Australia. “I always tell him to take it off before he goes swimming. He lost it the day before our second wedding anniversary.”
He said after failing to find the ring himself, locals on the island immediately banded together to offer their help – some with metal detectors.
“People are now trying to find nets, some have diving equipment. The team on the glass-floored boat will see,” he said.
He said he was speechless after hearing that Prior has found the ring five months later.
“I can’t believe it. I have some friends on the island and they are very adamant that they will find it,” he said.
“My husband isn’t worried, he doesn’t understand all the fuss. I’m just worried about the poor little fish.”
Quintal and her husband were unable to return to Norfolk Island and are now anxiously awaiting to hear if the ring has been retrieved.