‘This is God’: Mysterious gold, jewelry washes up on Venezuelan beach
Grab your metal detector!
For several months gold and silver jewelry, ornaments, and golden nuggets have started washing up on the shore of a small Venezuelan fishing village that had been devastated by the country’s economic crisis and COVID-19.
Yolman Lares was the first to find treasure on the beach in Guaca in September when he found a gold medallion with an image of the Virgin Mary.
“I began to shake, I cried from joy,” Lares, 25, told The New York Times. “It was the first time something special has happened to me.”
Since then “dozens of villagers” have retrieved items – mostly gold rings – from the beach, including Ciro Quijada, a local fish plant worker who told the Times “This is God, setting his agenda.”
Locals have sold their treasure for up to $1,500 a piece – a boon to the village.
It is not known where the treasure has come from, but the paper notes the mystery has grown as a combination of folklore, the legends of Caribbean pirates and Christmas customs.