Thursday, September 19, 2013

9/19/13 Report - Returned Ring and Some Beach Detecting Conditions Improvement

Written by the Treasureguide for the exclusive use of

Ring Found and Returned
Picture from NBC video

First I'll give the national story with a local connection.   A few weeks ago, I introduced this story that I received from meghunter.  You might recall he was diving in the Cooper River looking for fossils with his friend Brian Tovin when Brian found this 1974 class ring in the murky river.

They tracked down the person who lost the ring right after graduation from college 39 years ago.  Brian was flown by CNN to return the ring to the man that was now suffering from cancer.

Below is a link to the video.

The underwater video in the clip was made by meghunter,    Thanks man!

The video also has some great pictures of meg teeth and other fossils.   You'll want to see this.

Here is the link.

One more reason we can't let metal detecting get banned.   This one wasn't found by a detector, but most are.

There are many dangers to working a beach near high tide when you are between rough water and a big cut.  Here are a few tips if you get caught in a situation like that.

First and most important, don't get knocked off of your feet.  It can happen.  An unexpected wave will come in, and if you hear or see it coming, the natural instinct is to move up the slope.  That can be a bad thing if the water is big enough to bounce off of the cliff with a lot of force.   The back wash coming from the opposite direction than the incoming waves, can catch you off guard and soak you from head to toe or worse if you are caught in a poor position.

If you realize that a big wave is coming instead of doing what seems natural and moving up the slope and close to the cliff, move a few steps down the slope and away from the cliff.  Timing is important.  That will get you out of range of the backwash or at least reduce the amount of water that hits you.  The water bouncing off of the cliff can be more dangerous than the incoming water.

Two.  Make sure your equipment is strapped to you.  You can lose a detector, scoop, or other equipment very easily when the water bounces back off of the cliff.

Three.  Make sure all vulnerable electronics are water proof or sufficiently protected.

Four.  Be very alert at all times.   Logs, boards and other dangerous debris can be washing around in the rough water and when you are below a cliff the best exit might be blocked.

Below is a video of the beach this morning near high tide.  The surf was up as predicted.  There will be a full moon tonight.  Of course that adds to the high tide.  The high tide breached the berm again today.

There was a two to three foot cut at the beach shown.  Another beach that I saw was not nearly as cut.

As you can see from the video, the waves were hitting the cliff directly on.  I would have liked to have seen the waves slicing in from the north.   That is normally much more productive.

There were modern coins coming out of the sand bank, but not recent drops.

Cut Seen on One Treasure Coast Beach This Morning.

On another beach with less of a cut, down about five to ten yards from the berm was an area of shells covered by sand that was producing a good number of miscellaneous items.

I'm not quite ready to increase my beach detecting conditions rating.  Although the beaches have improved some, I don't think it is enough to give a "2" on my beach rating scale yet.  Maybe in another day or so if things go right

A lot of spots, even some in front of these cuts, were mushy..

There are other beaches that are showing good erosion, but many aren't showing much.

Happy hunting,