Pet Shop Owner: Turtle Has Satan Image After Surviving Fire
An Indiana pet store owner says a turtle that was the only animal to survive a fire at the shop has developed an image of Satan's face on its shell.
Dora said after the fire, an image appeared on Lucky's shell that appears to be the face of a devil. He said the turtle is not possessed but is very tame. He believes that in every fire the devil leaves his mark somewhere, and that Lucky was touched.
"He was saved for a reason, everything else had perished, even the other turtles, and I think that reason is basically to let people know that he was down there," Dora said.
The tendency to see human like faces in objects is called pareidolia. Pareidolia is a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct. For example, in the discolorations of a burnt tortilla one sees the face of Jesus Christ or one sees an evil like face in the burnt discolorations of a turtle's shell.
This misperception is used by believers to validate already held beliefs. For example, if one believes in the existence of the devil, or satan and is familiar with the cultural representations of such a figure; the believer can interpret indistinct markings as a match for an already creatively imagined image.
"All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle" - Ralph Waldo Emerson