Monday, December 10, 2012

12/10/12 Report - Gold Shipwreck Box and Way of St. James & Ambergris

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Gold Tobacco Box.
Photo from Dec. 10, MailOnline.
The gold box shown in this photo is part of Odyssey Marine's Black Swan treasure.  It displays a scallop shell, which is a symbol of St. James, and was used as a badge by pilgrims to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.

Here is one version of the origin of that tradition taken from wikipedia.

After James' death, his disciples shipped his body to the Iberian Peninsula to be buried in what is now Santiago. Off the coast of Spain a heavy storm hit the ship, and the body was lost to the ocean. After some time, however, the body washed ashore undamaged, covered in scallops.

Here is a link for more about that.

It seems wikileaks revealed communications between the US and Spain tilting the case of the Black Swan treasure in Spain's favor in return for a impressionist painting.  I haven't found the wikileaks documents yet, but here is the article referring to it.

A boy found $60,000 worth of what of what on the beach?   Ambergris.  What's that?

Whale vomit or whale poop.  Seems they can't make up there mind exactly what ambergris is.  But who would want to smell that?   It seems a lot of people do.

Just a unusual story about a boy that finds $60,000 worth of the stuff on a beach.

After writing the above, I ran across this article.  Seems they wrote it up something like I did.

The surf is down around 1 - 2 feet where it will stay for a few days.  That should make it easy to o some low tide zone work and even shallow water hunting.

The wind is from the south, so expect some sand accumulation.

Low tide today is around 11 AM

Happy hunting,