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Boy still has no answers a year after finding it inside a cod

Many people have seen the medallion 13-year-old Luke Myles pulled out of a codfish last August. But no one seems to have any inkling of what it is, where it came from or who it belongs to.

A medallion Luke Myles found inside a codfish last August.

Following a fishing trip off Harbour Mille Cape with his grandfather, Guy Hackett of English Harbour East, during last year’s recreational food fishery, the pair returned to shore and began gutting the day’s catch.

Luke was visiting from Grand Prairie, Alta., with his parents, Tina and Kevin Myles.

“He said, ‘Look! Look!’” Hackett said of his grandson, “and he started hauling it out of the fish.”

The silver-coloured circular metal medallion has pierced holes around its rim, and is attached to a string necklace. It is embedded with symbols  including a crescent moon, stars and unknown characters.

The symbols are similar on both sides of the medallion, but they appear in difference places.

After more than a year of hunting for answers and wearing the mysterious medallion around his neck, Luke said he is no closer to having any of his questions answered.

He’s contacted the University of Alberta and other places, shown it to countless people around the community during his visits and brought it to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Marystown, all with no luck.

He even asked David Suzuki, through the question-and-answer section on his website, who responded, but could not give an answer.

Back again for a visit this summer Luke and his grandfather dropped into The Southern Gazette office to see if readers might know something about the medallion.

Hackett said he’s seen strange objects pulled from the bellies of sharks on television, but he’s never seen anything like the medallion found in a codfish in 42 years of fishing on the Grand Banks.

Luke might not know where it came from, but he says, “It’s pretty cool.”

Anyone with information about the medallion can call The Southern Gazette at (709) 279-3188.

The Southern Gazette

Organizations: University of Alberta, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: English Harbour East, Grand Prairie, Marystown

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