Lars Ludvigsson has worked for decades in the salmon industry, and currently spends his days filleting “tonnes” of Norwegian salmon on an assembly line in Gothenburg.
But Thursday was no ordinary day for Ludvigsson and his co-workers.
“This guy from Gambia suddenly started shouting that he’d found something special and everyone rushed over to look,” Ludvigsson told The Local.
There, amongst all the other salmon, was a fish with a clearly marked black cross on its white belly.
“The scales were in the exact shape of a cross. The guy who found it was very excited, even I was excited actually. I’ve been in this business for 30 years and have never seen anything like it,” Ludvigsson said.
“I called it The Jesus Salmon for fun and the name stuck. The guys who found it were convinced it was a sign from God.”
IN PICTURES: See the Jesus fish up close and around Gothenburg
Ludvigsson’s Jesus fish marks the second time in recent weeks a fish has made headlines in Sweden. In August, Swedish men were warned to keep an eye out for a crotch-chomping fish found off the southern coast of Sweden.
While Ludvigsson can only speculate as to whether the fish is an omen or a coincidence, the humble fish has a firm place in biblical history. Jesus is said to have hauled in a miracle catch from the Sea of Galilee.
The fish itself is a popular Christian symbol, also referred to as Ichthys – a fish in two intersecting arcs.
So what next for the Jesus Salmon from Norway?
“I’ve kept the fish for myself,” Ludvigsson told The Local with a hearty laugh.
“I’m planning to have a blessed dinner tomorrow.”
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