Friday, June 14, 2013

6/14/13 Tips for Water Detecting, WW II German Bomber Salvaged

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Gold and Diamond Ring Shallow Water Metal Detector Find
The above was found in shallow water along with other coins and a few other rings.

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Tips on Snorkeling or Diving with an Underwater Metal Detector by Michael Bernzweig.

Michael Bernzweig manages in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.

Metal detecting underwater can be a lot of fun no matter what your skill level. If you’re comfortable in the water, then underwater metal detecting is for you!

You don’t have to be an expert diver or have any special equipment to have a great time metal
detecting in the water. In fact, most underwater metal detecting is done in water that’s around
knee to chest deep. So, as far as equipment, all you need is a good underwater metal detector,
a snorkel mask, maybe a wet suit depending on the time of year/location, and a metal detector
digging tool or two. Then, you’re ready to head out into the water to find some treasure.

While there are also metal detectorists who search in deeper water with their scuba gear and
have found amazing treasure caches this type of underwater metal detecting requires much
more specialized training and equipment. Also, many metal detectorists have found that the
“sweet spot” for underwater metal detecting is that area where most people will wade in to cool
off and play around in the water. This is generally where the water level is about chest deep to
where a bit of swimming is required but most can still touch. You can probably imagine why this
is. Not only does jewelry come off and pockets get accidentally emptied when playing around in
the water, the water shrinks the skin and rings in particular seem to slide right off; especially
with the help of all that greasy sunscreen everyone is hopefully regularly applying!

To help guide you to a good starting point to begin your search, be sure to look for the places on
the beach that are “washed out” or show water runoff from a recent storm. Follow these areas
into the water and start your underwater metal detecting at these points since they’re the most
likely places where treasures have landed given the water current. This is of particular help
when metal detecting in the ocean with it’s natural ability to deposit items of similar weight

You’ll also find whether at the ocean, lake, or river that directly after a storm is an ideal time to
go underwater metal detecting; and, usually, the bigger the storm, the better the finds. The
increased water activity during a storm kicks up the sand and soil which usually unearths new
treasures. Plus, treasures hidden on the beach are likely to be washed into the water in the
runoff from the storm.

In addition to these tips, be sure you remember to be safe in and around the water. If there’s a
storm coming, head home (after the storm has cleared is when to go metal detecting!). Don’t go
underwater metal detecting at night. Be sure to head out with a partner. And, watch for any
warning signs about beach closures, water issues, and rip currents. You’ll also want to keep
metal detecting rules and ethics in mind as well and be sure you’ve got permission to metal
detect in these areas, dispose of any trash you find, and, respect the land and the people also
enjoying the public spaces around you. Then you’re sure to have an excellent, and hopefully
very successful time underwater metal detecting.


On the Treasure Coast Friday and Saturday the surf will only be 1 - 2 feet.  The wind is from the southwest today (Fri.).  The tides aren't vary big.

That should be good for some shallow water hunting, especially if you can find a dip inside a sand bar where you can hunt without being in a salvage lease.

If you hunt modern jewelry, there is a good chance you'll be at a beach that has a life guard.  People often ask me where they can legally hunt in the water.  I can't give you all of the areas of the salvage leases although I have posted some maps of some of the salvage leases and talked about that some in the past.  Use the keyword search box on the blog.

My advice is simply to ask a life guard.  They will generally know if you can detect in the water at their beach.

German Bomber Being Lifted From English Channel
Photo from The Telegraph linked below.
If you get your detector out and start wading in where it is not permitted and there is a life guard on duty, they will simply tell you that you can't do it.  That has happened to me before.  No problem.  Just comply.  Ask any questions if you want, but do it in a polite and friendly manner.  Sometimes you'll learn something useful that way.  And it is easy enough.  Don't make any enemies for yourself or the hobby.

It can be very beneficial to make friends with a life guard.  They sit there and watch people all day.  They often know where things have been lost.

Below is the link to the story about a German bomber being salvaged from the English Channel.

Happy hunting,

PS:Some might say that the following is off-topic, but it is very relevant if you really think about it.   I felt like I couldn't let it go unmentioned.

It's amazing how much data exists on you and I.  And we recently found out that much of that data is not just floating around in cyberspace but is being gathered and stored for reference.

Disney World can tell you every time you've been there, when you entered which of their four parks, when you got a fast pass, and they have a huge database of finger prints.  (Disney guests will soon be wearing RFID wristbands that will serve multiple purposes.)  Unlike in the Boston bombing, it took Disney only a short time to apprehend a fellow that recently put a dry ice bomb in a trash can.  They have more security than you might realize.  But that is nothing compared to the phone records, emails records, credit card data including everything you bought, where and when, much of which is being collected by our government for "security reasons."  We recently found out how much data the government plans to store on the citizens of the world in its new data center in Utah.  They even had to find a new word to describe the units of information stored, "yottabyte."   1 yottabyte = 1000000000000000000000000 bytes. 

I've read they have enough storage capacity in the Utah data center to store thousands of years of internet data, including all of the email, text, video, music, etc. etc.  It does involve multiple huge buildings.  That is amazing.  It might make you think too.

I think we are clearly entering a new age of "Massive Data" and there are plenty of things to think about.

Since the recent NSA scandal surfaced, book sales for George Orwell's book, 1984, has sky-rocketed.  It was published in 1949 just after WW II.  In the 1970s, the book was widely read, and at that time described a futuristic world of constant surveillance, mind and behavior control.  It was that  book that coined the term "Big Brother," which the President recently used in reference to the NSA scandal.

Here is a link for more information.

It is interesting to see a book that was widely read by one generation being rediscovered by a new generation.  Widely read books provide people with common concepts, imagery and a vocabulary.  That helps groups of people to better share ideas and make decisions.