Wednesday, November 25, 2015

11/25/15 Report - Survey Of Some Treasure Coast Treasure Beaches Today. Even Bigger Surf Predicted,

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John Brooks Beach This Morning Before Low Tide.
Rio Mar Near Low Tide Today.
North of Seagrape Trail This Morning Before Low Tide.
Beach At Ambersandss This Morning.
I'm not going to type much today.  I'm getting into a holiday mood.

I did take a look at a variety of Treasure Coast beaches this morning and early afternoon.  As you can see they all had seaweed.  There were no shells anywhere.  Just sand.

The waves today were pretty much straight from the east.

One thing that you will notice is the sand on the front of the beach.  At low tide the sand extends far out to the east.  That is where the eroded sand went.  It was dragged out and now is in front of the beach.  That keeps a lot of water force away from the beach.

I didn't see anything that would make me increase my beach detecting conditions rating scale yet.

Overall there was no improvement in beach conditions since yesterday.

I did some detecting and found a good number of clad coins at one beach.  There are some spots where you can find coin holes, but from what I've seen cobs are very scarce.  I did not look north of McClarty, so maybe things were different farther north.  I don't know.

Last week when a few artifacts and cobs were found  the erosion was more on the front of the beach.  I have some thoughts on that to pass along, but don't feel like working on that today.  Hopefully I'll get to it in a day or two.

What I wanted to do today was to keep you up on beach developments.

This afternoon, the wind really picked up so maybe some places improved later.

Tomorrow there is supposed to be a six to nine foot surf, which is a little higher than today.  There are supposed to be increases the next two days also.

That is encouraging.

That's it for now.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Have a safe and blessed day.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11/24/15 Report - Some Beaches Eroding Today. Squid Shell. Business of Treasure Salvage.

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John Brooks Beach This Morning.
If you want to know what the beaches are doing, here are some pictures taken this morning shortly after high tide.

Above is John Brooks beach.  It is slightly better than yesterday, but not much.  The front beach is still mushy.

South of Turtle Trail This Morning.
This cut south of Turtle Trail was about four feet high.  Notice the small amount of seaweed in front of the cut.

Looking North From the Turtle Trail Access.
Notice the two steps shown in this view.  Also, the beach in front of the cut is fairly steep.

Looking North From the Wabasso Beach Access.
One thing that doesn't show in this photo looking towards Disney is the seven to ten foot cliff.

Despite all the erosion and big cliffs at the beaches other than John Brooks, beach detecting conditions were not great.  I believe the reason for that is that most of the erosion was actually in renourishment sand.

At the back of the beach, the renourishment sand is still preventing old things from washing out of the dunes.  And the sand that has been eroded is now stretched out in front of the beach and into the shallow water.  That means that the old sand and old objects are still covered even though there has been erosion.

The cut last week that produced Spanish shipwreck items, was deep and near the front of the beach, not back in front of the dunes.  That is why some things were uncovered.

I'm not increasing my beach detecting conditions rating yet.  For those of you who don't know, my rating scale provides an estimate of the likelihood of finding old treasure items on the beach.   More modern items will often appear sooner, and they will appear in clusters more often.  Conditions for finding modern items can improve yet not improve enough to increase the chances of finding older things.

My current rating is based upon a sample of the three beaches I observed.  Actually I saw one more to a limited extent, but I didn't see them all.  There may be places that are producing now, but I didn't see them today.

Tomorrow the surf is supposed to increase.  Today it was supposed to be 3 - 5 feet, and tomorrow it is supposed to be 5 - 8 feet.  The wind tomorrow will be pretty straight in from the east.

We're still supposed to have up to a ten feet later this week.


Yesterday I posted a picture of a small shell.  Ron J. sent me this note regarding the identity of the shell along with a picture that matches the shell.  Here is what Ron said.

Looks like the shell is from the inside of a Squid. (please see attached)
On Page 121 of the book " FLORIDA'S LIVING BEACHES  A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber" By Blair and Dawn Witherington , Pineapple Press, Sarasota Florida      ISBN 978-1-56164-386-8

" Ram's horn squid ( Spirula spirula ) are beached as white, chambered coils. The coil lies within the posterior end of the squid opposite its two large and ten tentacles. The coil takes up almost half the squid, minus out stretched tentacles.

I find this book a great help to identify the things found while beachcombing.

Thanks Ron.  I never would have guessed.


Market Watch had this article on the business of treasure salvage in Florida.


Happy hunting,

Monday, November 23, 2015

11/23/15 Report - Surf Predicted To Increase Up To Ten Feet This Week. Neat Little Shell, Watch For Improved Detecting Conditions.

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Found On Beach This Morning.

The beach is covered with all kinds of gems.  This little shell fits on my finger nail.  What a little beauty. There are millions of them out there if you take the time to look.

Just to show the size of that small shell, below is another picture of the same shell, this time on a penny.

If you know the name of this type of shell, I'd like to hear it.  Thanks in advance.

I went out this morning just to see what was going on.  I often go out to monitor conditions. Yesterday I mentioned how the wind changed. Even though the surf wasn't high I was still expecting to see some changes to the beach.

We got some cooler air.  I thought that was pleasant, especially for Thanksgiving.

There wasn't much erosion last night.  There was a little erosiion at a few spots.

The beach at John Brooks was very mushy.  You can see that beach below.  No erosion there.

One beach thas was nicely cut a couple of weeks ago had completed filled in.  That was a remarkable contrast.

John Brooks Beach This Morning.
The water had been up over the berm.  It was generally a bit higher last night.

One Small Cut On Another Treasure Coast Beach.
This cut was pretty high on the beach.  The cut itself was only about a foot high.

One thing to note here is that the cut was just south of a bend in the beach.  From what I've seen, that is where the cuts have mostly been occurring lately.

The north wind that I saw yesterday evening continued through today.

Here is the most interesting thing for me.

Surf Predictions For The Fort Pierce Area From the MagicSeaWeed Web Site.
You'll find the links to the MagicSeaWeed web site on the front page of my blog.

The prediction for a high surf this week is holding up extremely well.  It looks like it might actually happen this time.

Note that the peak surf is now predicted for Saturday.  If the predictions are correct, it will be building a little every day up until then.

If that kind of surf actually happens, we'll most likely see an improvement in beach detecting conditions at some point.  If the water gets high enough, some cobs might appear without any cutting, but I'm hoping for some good cutting too.

Since we have had some beach improvement not too long ago, that makes it slightly more likely that something good will happen this week.

That is it for today.  Keep watching the beaches.  As I said, the surf is supposed to increase up until Saturday.  I will be surprised if we do not get improved beach detecting conditions sometime this week.

Happy hunting,

Sunday, November 22, 2015

11/22/15 Report - Beach Predictions Look Encouraging. Aztec Goddesses and Christian Madonna Images: A Book.

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I'm getting hopeful about the predicted detecting conditions for later this week.  The predicted big surf has not disappeared yet, but not only is the prediction holding, got even bigger.  Right now we have a nine or ten foot surf predicted for Thursday through Saturday.  We might actually get some improvement in detecting conditions later this week.  The October erosion helped some and hasn't totally reversed yet.

Late Sunday afternoon the wind increased and began coming directly out of the north.  I checked online and the web site that I have on the front page of this blog, and it looks like the wind will be coming the same direction well into tomorrow.  I like the direction and strength even though the surf isn't supposed to be particularly high.

With Thanksgiving coming, you might want to go back and read about the famous Thanksgiving Day storm that produced so much treasure along the Treasure Coast in 1984.  There is a lot of really good information in that post.  That post talks about the 1984 storm and the factors that made it so productive.

Here is that link.


Here is a book that you might find interesting.  You can read a sample of it online.  The title is Aztec Godesses and Christian Madonnas: Images of the Divine Feminine in Mexico (2012).

Click on the title above to link to that book.


I have a few other topics on my mind but don't want to start them right now.

Happy hunting,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

11/21/15 Report - Spanish Finds Reported Made Last Week. Other Surface Finds. Difficulty of Historical Interpretation.

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Beach North of Seasgrape Trail This Morning Near Low Tide.
I got a report that a few Spanish items were found a few days ago.  Wednesday a hole opened up, but it didn't stay open long.  It was limited to a small area, and would have been easy to miss.  I was busy that day and was one of the people that missed it.

Sometimes I say that there could be a few good spots out there.  It happens that way.  Sometimes the beach won't look very promising, and then you walk a ways or go around a bend and find a good spot.  

This morning I didn't see much that looked good.  The hole that opened on Wednesday had filled in again.

Cut Found North of Seagrape Trail This Morning.
Notice the seaweed.  That shows that the beach has been filling in.

Yesterday afternoon I took a little walk to do some eye-balling.  One of the things I found was this Model T Ford brass hub cap cover from around 1913.  It is made for a wood wheel.

Then I found this small child on a chamber pot.

I didn't clean these finds off yet.

Unfortunately this figurine has no markings.  I would have expected to find some type of mark.

I also found an old milk bottle, marble, couple of coca cola bottles and a flask.

Its amazing how much stuff is out there, and you don't even need to have a metal detector to find it.

The hub cap is the oldest of the finds - about a hundred years old.


On the radio this morning about the first thing I heard was somebody talking about the "real" first Thanksgiving happening in St. Augustine.  It is something that you'll probably hear sometime this week.

I heard from a student that took history courses from the University of Florida professor that promotes this idea.  It seems that his purpose is to bring attention to Florida's long history.

I wouldn't generally recommend conflagrating holiday traditions with historic fact, but I can understand why it might be done and how it might be distorted by the media.

It is difficult enough to describe events that you directly observe.  We have to remember that historical interpretation is often based upon sketchy, scarce and sometimes ambiguous and possibly contradictory sources and does involve interpretation.  We need to remember that there is always some degree of uncertainty and imagination involved.

The easiest illustration I can think of is the three wise men we see in Christmas plays and manger scenes.

The Bible never says anything about "three" wise men.  That might shock you.  It does talk about wise men, but not three.

It mentions three types of gifts.  You know them.  But there is nothing that says that there were three wise men, or any other number of wise men.  That is how easy it is to jump to conclusions and make mistakes.


An eight foot surf is predicted for Thanksgiving.  We'll see how that develops.

Happy hunting,

Friday, November 20, 2015

11/20/15 Report - Survey Of Some Treasure Coast Beaches This Morning. Large Cache Found. Thanksgiving Proclamations.

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One Typical Treasure Coast Beach This Morning.
Looking at the picture above, there isn't much to add.  The beach front was mushy.

Washed Up Layer of Sand Seen This Morning.
In the second photo it was possible to see that the last high tide brought up a few inches of sand.

Another Beach That Didn't Look Promising This Morning.

One Decent Cut This Morning.
This cut was one to two feet high.  There were some shells on this beach.  It was one of the better looking beaches, but still there was not much to be found.

All of these photos were take shortly after low tide this morning.

This weekend the prediction is for the Treasure Coast to have a 2 - 4 foot surf.  Once again, a bigger surf is predicted for a week out - possibly up to 10 feet.  I don't have to repeat how that might not actually happen.


A farmer found around 4000 1700-year-old coins in his orchard in Switzerland.


I thought it would be interesting to post Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation.

October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Before Abraham Lincoln, George Washington issued a similar proclamation.  Here it is.

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

Happy hunting,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

11/19/15 Report - Thanksgiving Before The Pilgrims. Gold Coins and Ingots. The Real Treasure.

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A press release dated Nov. 18, 2015 claims Spanish settlers celebrated the "first" Thanksgiving, in St. Augustine 50 years before the Pilgrims arrived in the New World on the Mayflower. If you follow that same line of thought, the "first" Thanksgiving could have actually been celebrated on the North American continent by Chinese or Norse sailors if you don't count the "Native Americans" who must have eaten numerous meals thankfully tens of thousands of years earlier.  Just another attempt by a supposed "scholar" to make news and appear scholarly by challenging tradition with a pseudointellection proposition.  If you really want to talk "first" Thanksgiving, credit a monkey who was happy a banana fell on his head and gladly consumed it.  The monkey would have been nearly as likely to utter something resembling the word "Thanksgiving" as would Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Hey, we get it.  Cultural traditions are seldom or never totally factual, but there are "real" reasons they have become continuing traditions.  Don't overlook that.

Here is the link to the article about the first real Thanksgiving that we all really celebrate without knowing it.  Really?!


Chinese archaeologists on Tuesday discovered 75 gold coins and hoof-shaped ingots in an aristocrat's tomb that dates back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD).
The gold objects -- 25 gold hoofs and 50 very large gold coins -- are the largest single batch of gold items ever found in a Han Dynasty tomb. They were unearthed from the tomb of the first "Haihunhou" (Marquis of Haihun) in east China's Jiangxi Province.
The coins weigh about 250 grams each, while the hoofs' weights vary from 40 to 250 grams, said Yang Jun, who leads the excavation team...
Here is the link for the rest of that article.


As I pushed my elderly mother around an amusement park in a wheel chair the other day, I couldn't help noticing the many parents pushing their small children in strollers.  I thought about how rolls change with the passing of time.  Someday some of those the children will be pushing their parents like I was.

One of the most joyful things in life is to watch a child become strong, capable and more self-sufficient, and to me, one of the saddest things is to watch a parent go the other way.

As I held the hand that once held me up, I felt no strength in it.  It was now a hand that it seemed would crumble if I held it too tightly.

That was the hand of a person who loved me, dressed me and fed me.  It is my privilege to try to return some of that love while I can.  I won't have that privilege long enough.  I rather hold that hand than a thousand gold coins.

Give thanks and celebrate.


Here we go again.  Thursday of next week MagicSeaWeed is predicting a seven to eleven foot surf for the Treasure Coast.  Will it happen?  I doubt it.  But here is to hoping.

In the mean time we are having something more on the order of a four foot surf.  That is better than nothing and better than what we had all summer.  You might be able to find a few spots of small erosion, but they will be few and small.

Happy hunting and finding,