Aquarium finger coral wearing wedding ring

Oct. 23, 2008 at 12:55 PM

BOSTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A wedding ring lost this year in a display tank at the New England Aquarium in Boston has been found on some finger coral, an aquarium worker says.

Aquarium worker Michael Whyte said after advertising official Bob Pirrmann lost his wedding ring while diving in the tourist site's 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank, the beloved item became a veritable "needle in a haystack," The Boston Globe said Thursday.

"It was one of those things where I thought, 'It's got to be here someplace,'" Whyte said.

Despite the odds of finding the tiny piece of jewelry in the large display tank, Whyte located Pirrmann's ring on a piece of finger coral Sunday.

Whyte said the ring was returned to Pirrmann, who lost it in July while diving in the four-story tank.

Though unusual, it was not the oddest discovery in the open-topped tank to date.

"We have drawerfuls of sunglasses," he told the Globe. "One time, a baby spit a pacifier, and when I went down to get it, a porcupine fish had it in its mouth."

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