Richard Schmidt of Painter said his wife pulled the unusually-shaped Cheeto from a bag of the snacks while they were vacationing in the Florida Keys, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.
Schmidt said they saved the Cheeto and later decided to sell the item on eBay to benefit Reef Relief, a group dedicated to preserving Florida's coral reefs,
"When I told her a few weeks ago that a chicken nugget that looked like George Washington sold on eBay for $8,100 in support of a charity I told her to get that Cheeto out let's take some pictures and see if it can do some good too," Schmidt said of his conversation with his wife.
The couple, who listed the item with an $8,000 "buy it now" price, said they are hoping Cheetos manufacturer Frito Lay will purchase the seahorse-shaped snack to help the charity.
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