As if Florida waters didn’t have enough worries, enough troubles and travails already. There are: Sharks, crocodiles, snowbirds, locals, NASCAR enthusiasts just to name but a few and now we can add a voodoo doll made with human teeth and skin floating somewhere off the coast, waiting for a surfer to pluck it out and curse our kind forever.
The doll was found on Cape Canaveral, very near Kelly Slater’s hometown of Cocoa Beach, by a man named Bruce Robertson as he was walking on the beach.
“What was really sort of terrifying or horrifying or interesting was it had actual human teeth,” he told Orlando’s local news.
He then tossed it back in the ocean because other beachgoers told him it was a voodoo doll and it should be destroyed and/or found by a surfer in order to curse our damned kind. That’s what I would have told him, anyhow, had I been beach walking too.
He took some pictures before setting it free and, later, after doing some internet research decided it was not, in fact, a voodoo doll but the African spider god Anansi used for good luck.
Orlando’s local news took the photos to an African bookstore owner in Kelly Slater’s Cocoa named Michelle Davis.
“This right here is creepy,” Davis said pointing to the human teeth.
She also believed the doll had human skin on it.
Davis thought it could have all been part of a voodoo ritual.
She said people still believe in voodoo.
“They do it here in Cocoa,” Davis said. “They do it all over in Florida, Louisiana, New Orleans. Voodoo is real,” she said.
Because the doll is back in the ocean, Robertson is advising the next person who may find it to not be afraid.
“If anybody else finds it, it is not a voodoo doll. It’s really a good luck doll from Africa,” he said.
Yeah. A “good luck doll.”
Remember when Greg Brady, set to win a professional surfing championship, found a “good luck” tiki doll in Hawaii?