Joe Cavaretta, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Aglair Rigos checks out a cross on the Galt Ocean Mile behind the Ocean Manor Beach Resort, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The large, barnacle-covered wooden cross washed ashore along the South Florida beach, captivating tourists, who dragged it from the water’s edge.

SALT LAKE CITY — Visitors of a South Florida beach say a giant cross that washed ashore might be a "heavenly" sign.

What happened: Last Saturday, a 20-foot wooden cross rolled up on the shores along Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Today reports.

13 comments on this story
  • A group of people pulled the cross onto the beach by the Ocean Manor Beach Resort, where it is currently being displayed.
  • Greg Gay, a tourist in the area from Michigan, told WSVN-TV he found the cross.
  • He said he "felt really heavenly about it."
  • Ocean Manor resort owner Frank Talerico told WSVN he felt goosebumps when he saw the cross wash up on shore.
  • Talerico says he’ll keep it at his resort. "You know what? I’m glad it’s here," he said. "It's staying here, and if anybody wants to come see it or take a picture with it, they're more than welcome."

See photos of the cross below

A mysterious giant cross washed up on the shore directly in front of the Ocean Manor Beach Resort yesterday! Tune into...

Posted by Ocean Manor Beach Resort on Monday, February 4, 2019

However: No one knows where the cross came from, according to WSVN.

Reactions: "People have suggested possibly Puerto Rico. Others have said the Keys," said John Moschella, who was visiting the beach, according to WSVN. "It’s really unknown where it has come from."

  • According to CNN, commenters on the resort's Facebook page saw the sign as a divine signal. Others said it might have helped old ships hold up their sails.