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  • A mullet fish donning an “expensive gold wedding ring” was spotted earlier this week in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
  • “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.
  • “As for the poor mullet with the gold collar, here’s hoping we can deliver a happy ending to his story and for the owner of the wedding ring,” Prior said.

A mullet fish donning an “expensive gold wedding ring” was spotted earlier this week in the Southern Pacific Ocean. 

Susan Prior, an avid snorkeler who lives on Australia’s Norfolk Island, is used to seeing fish caught up in collars made out of “plastic juice and milk bottles,” she wrote in a blog post, according to the New York Post. Prior says she participates in periodic clean-ups, where she collects plenty of the community's “own rubbish.” 

But this time, she recalled a post from someone in a local social media group who mentioned a lost wedding band. 

“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 explained in her May 11 blog post

“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,” Prior added. 


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Prior could not catch up to the fish, but she is hopeful for a positive outcome for the fish and the ring’s owner. 

“As for the poor mullet with the gold collar, here’s hoping we can deliver a happy ending to his story and for the owner of the wedding ring,” Prior continued. “The mullet has a life to live and it’s only fair he gets to live it.”

As far as Prior is concerned, the less expensive rings snapped off plastic containers are easy to remove and safely dispose of without causing harm to the tiny fish. 

“It is such a quick job to [pry] the collar off the bottle and snip it before putting it in your waste,” Prior concluded. 


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Published on May 14, 2021