A man's $1,000 wedding ring that went missing over five months ago, was finally found on a mullet fish's body.
A snorkeler has found a groom's missing $1,000 wedding ring around the neck of a fish. Suzie Quintal and husband Nathan Reeves, both residents of the Gold Coast, were on a trip to Norfolk Island close to 1,600 km away from Sydney visiting a family during the Christmas holidays. On one of the days, Reeves went for a swim in Emily Bay and soon realized that his ring went missing. After considerable search, the man and his wife gave up believing they would never find the ring. However, luck was on their side. Susan Prior, a snorkeller who spotted the ring lodged around a mullet fish's body, reports Dailymail Australia.
Talk about a gold-fish! Susan Prior, a snorkeler in Australia, spotted this sand mullet wearing a lost wedding band! Crazy but true! pic.twitter.com/D7Wq78HZzG— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) May 12, 2021
Prior had previously heard of missing wedding band in January this year. She managed to track them on Facebook. "I recalled that someone had posted on our local community social media pages about a large man's wedding ring that had gone missing in the bay earlier this year, so I decided to see if I could find the possible owner," Prior said, according to Newsweek. "It didn't take long for my suspicion to be confirmed; we now have a poor mullet weighed down with someone's (expensive) gold wedding ring." Seeing the fish struggle to move around with was "gut-wrenching" for Prior. In her experience as a diver, she has seen plenty of fish but this particular instance was far more emotional for her. "The metal can only be removed by catching the fish in a net and gently removing it," she said, noting that while the fish is okay so far, the ring will eventually cut into it as it grows.
A friend of mine used to dive for lost wedding rings and returned them for reward 💰 👍 then he got eaten by a shark. True story😢— Lainey Reese (@lainey_reese) May 13, 2021
For Reeves and Quintal, the news of the ring being found is nothing short of a miracle. "He tried to look for it and then broke the news to me and I was not happy," Quintal said. "I always tell him to take it off before he goes for a swim. He lost it a day before our second wedding anniversary." She noted that the duo ran out of luck trying to find the ring and even got locals on the island to help them with a few even arriving with metal detectors to find the ring, but it was all in vain at the time. Nevertheless, Quintal was indebted to how open people were in helping them find the jewelry. "People are now trying to source nets, some have got scuba gear. The team in the glass bottom boats are going to have a look - Norfolk's really good like that," she said.
Hopefully soon! They're getting a team together to catch it and return the ring to its owner. The photographer stated that the ring is definitely weighing the poor fish down ☹️— 𝐿𝒾𝓏𝓏𝓎 (@Yassemite) May 13, 2021
Over five months later, when they received news from Prior that their ring was finally found, Quintal said, she "spun out". "I just couldn't believe it. I've got a few friends on the island and they're pretty adamant that they'll find it. It doesn't worry my husband, he doesn't understand all the fuss. I'm just worried about the poor little fish." The two are now unable to return to Norfolk Island but are waiting to hear if their ring has been finally retrieved for safekeeping.
Kinda sad, looks as though it's been on the fish for quite some time. The fish looks as if it has grown into the band.— MommaBearAmanda (@ABoedker76) May 13, 2021