The sea holds all sorts of secrets. It is powerful, mysterious, and to many, it is beautiful yet frightening.
This huge body of water scales long depths, and there’s no telling what lies beneath the surface. Strange things wash up on shores all the time, after all.
But in front of the Ocean Manor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, something very unusual and bizarre found its way onto the beach on a Saturday afternoon.
When families headed onto the sandy shores to enjoy their time basking beneath the golden warmth of the sun, they had no idea what was waiting just ahead of them.
Families all around the beach who had just come for a relaxing vacation were soon left crowding around and staring in awe and shock as a gigantic object washed up onto the beach.
Its massive size made it entirely impossible to ignore.
So what, exactly, was the object drawing a crowd?
It was an enormous wooden cross, coated all over in several intricate layers of barnacles, reeds, and other life from under the sea.
Measuring 20 feet in length, it was truly a sight to behold.
Some onlookers decided to bring the cross up onto the beach properly from where it rested just where the sand met the sea, and it wasn’t long before it became a spectacle for everyone in the area.
However, getting it to a more accessible area from the edge of the shore wasn’t an easy task – two all-terrain vehicles and a whopping seven people pitched in to help.
For many visitors to the beach, the sudden appearance of this cross signified something deeper and more nuanced than “drifting junk washes ashore”.
To some, including Greg Gay, this may be a sign of something bigger.
After all, why else would the sea reveal something like that to them just at that moment?
Some believe this discovery is a message from the heavens and is a sign of divine timing.
Hotel owner Frank Talerico believes that the cross symbolizes protection for their shores and seas.
Talerico went on to talk about his sister, who had experienced a very bad dream the night before and sank into prayer when she woke up that morning.
This was shortly before the huge cross made its appearance, perhaps as an answer to her prayers.
Now, the cross has become something of a tourist attraction.
People are flocking to the cross, a famous religious symbol for Christianity and Catholicism, to lay their eyes on the grand object themselves.
The item has become a bit of a photo attraction, with many taking pictures and selfies around it.
But where did this cross come from? How did it get onto the beach? These are answers we just don’t have the answers to.
However, some do theorize that the recent hurricanes occurring in Puerto Rico may be responsible for this divine symbol’s surfacing.
Others believe it may have swept in from the Keys.
Currently, though, there is no way to trace it to its true source.
It seems that this may be yet another unsolved mystery from the sea – at least, for now.