Thursday, February 24, 2011

2/24/11 Report - Hope on the Horizon

Stump on a Treasure Coast Beach Yesterday.

I use this stump as an indicator of the level of sand on this beach. Many beaches have stumps or rocks or pilings that you can use to judge the level of sand on the beach. You can even mark them if you want a more precise indication.

This stump showed me that there was nearly two additional feet of sand over this spot as compared to when it was eroded a few weeks ago.

That by itself indicates a lower probability of finding old items here, especially old silver or gold coins. Of course, you might still be able to find some lighter things.

North of this stump there were some nice piles of shells containing fossils and lighter materials such as pot shards and sea glass.

Remains of Very Nice Steel and Silver Vikin Sword.

That is really old.

One reader of this blog reported that they are pumping sand from the inlet onto the beach south of Jupiter Inlet. Check out the Jupiter Inlet web cam for pictures.

The same weather that has been making for difficult hunting on the Treasure Coast beaches has allowed the Magruder and Dare to spend a lot of time on the trail of the Atocha this February. 23 silver coins have been found so far and about 125,000 are still missing.

What appears to be one of the oldest human skulls ever discovered in the Americas was found in an underwater cave in Mexico. This web site shows some very nice photos of divers in this really neat sink hole. What a dream place to hunt!

Here is the link.

Underwater springs like those up in North Florida have a lot of interesting things in them.

And here is a neat video showing what turned up after a farmer noticed a pointed rock sticking out of the ground. It turned out to be the tip of the iceberg, or more accurately, the tip of a whole complex of monuments in Turkey.

Who knows what is under the ground you walk over everyday? That is another hint to hunt places besides the same old beach spots.

Forecast and Conditions.

The wind has switched and is now coming out of the northeast, and the prediction is that the seas will be up to around 4.5 feet later on Thursday. That could cause a little improvement, or it could make things worse. My guess at this point would be that it won't change much at all.

The best thing I've seen in a while is the seven foot seas predicted for next Wednesday. We haven't seen anything that big all year. Unfortunately the surf sites are often wrong when predicting big seas that far in advance, but if that prediction holds up we could finally see some significant improvment in beach hunting conditions on the Treasure Coast.

Happy hunting,