The image of Jesus Christ has been seen on toast, rocks, windows, and a tortilla as recently as Ash Wednesday, but now it’s been seen on a live stingray off the coast of South Carolina. It seems a bit strange that his appearance is seen in the days leading up to Easter Sunday.
Erika Scheldt, 24, claims she photographed a stingray with a glistening depiction of Christ on its back after it washed ashore a beach on Friday. The dead cownose stingray washed up on the beach at James Island. But even she was skeptical at first.
“I just kind of thought it looked like a bearded homeless man,” she told The Island Packet. “But when I posted pictures on Instagram, one of my friends was like, ‘That’s Jesus.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, my God. You’re right,'” she said.
Scheldt, who is from Nashville – home of the Nun Bun (a cinnamon roll with an image said to resemble Mother Teresa) – said she doesn’t think the ray holds any special meaning.
The 24-year-old Catholic chooses instead to chalk it up to coincidence.
“I did think it was interesting, with Easter coming up,” she told the Post and Courier. “And it’s such a beautiful image on such a harmful thing.”
This is not the first time that imagesof religious icons have shown up in unexpected places.
On Ash Wednesday, a man in Espanola, New Mexico claimed he found an image Christ emblazoned on a tortilla.
In 2003, thousands of people famously made theirway to a tree stump in Passaic, New Jersey, after some thought it had taken the form of the Virgin Mary.
In 2007, a kitchen employee at Pugh Elementary, Houston, Texas, claimed she saw an image of Jesus in a pizza pan she was scrubbing.
There is also the famous ‘grilled cheesus’ – a grilled cheese sandwich which supposedly bore an image of Mary, bought for $28,000 by online casinoGoldenPalance.com in 2004. There’s no mention on what they will do with the stingray.