Sunday, June 21, 2015

6/21/15 Report - Crew Of Capitana Finds Gold Escudo & More. Florida Fossils.

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2 Escudo Just Found by Crew of Capitana
Photo sent by Dan B.

Captain Jonah and the crew of the Capitana are hot.  They just keep coming up with great finds.

Here is a nice freshly dug 2 escudo from the 1690s.

Great picture Dan!

Below is a picture of the other side of the same escudo along with a picture of Bill holding the escudo.

Thanks for sharing guys!

Close-Up Of Same

Bill With Found Two Escudo

And that isn't all.  Here is a good close-up view of some more reales fresh up.


Everybody thinks of the 1715 Fleet when they think of the Treasure Coast, and there is good reason for that, but not all treasure wrecks on the Treasure Coast were part of the 1715 Fleet.

When Kip Wagner discovered the Green Cabin Wreck they figured it was one more of the 1715 Fleet wrecks.  However cannon were dated to 1594 and Eugene Lyons eventually identified that wreck as the San Martin, which sank in 1618.

The Green Cabin Wreck is one of few Spanish wrecks of that period in the Western Hemisphere for which there is published hull data.

You can see that data by using the following link.,_Florida_(c._1620)

You might find that site useful.


Other salvage boats are finding neat stuff as well.  One thing that was recently found was a mastodon tooth.

Old fossils are found all the way along the Treasure Coast.  My fossil-expert friend figures that an ancient river ran just off shore back when the water level was lower.

Here is a map showing a larger Florida land mass from the Ice Age period.  You can use this link to find that illustration and read more about that.

You'll occasionally see fossils on the beach after either a period of rough seas or sometimes as the result of human activity such as beach replenishment or construction projects.

I've seen both mastodon teeth and a mastodon tusk section on the beach in the past.  I think I once showed a picture of a piece of a mastodon tooth found on the beach, as well as other fossils.

I recently mentioned the fossil shark teeth being found on a West Palm Beach beach in replenishment sand.  People are also finding shark teeth on a replenished South Carolina beach.


Back in 1978, Gary Johnson was a junior at Rolling Hills High School in Rancho Palos Verdes, California with a keen interest in archaeology. Around that time, he noticed a large rock sticking out of the ground with a bone pattern in it. With the help of friends, he rolled the 1,000-pound rock (using logs) about 200 yards into his family's backyard.

After chipping away shale and dirt, Johnson called in an expert to get an opinion of his find. The expert deemed the fossil not very significant and the rock sat in the backyard for over 35 years.  It was later discovered to be a balleen whale fossil that was somewhere around 15 million years old.

Things aren't always correctly identified right off the bat.  Some of my biggest regrets are the result of things not being correctly identified.


I'm a little handicapped.  A few stitches in my right arm right where it would fit into the detector arm cuff.  Have to wait for that to heal.

As far as Treasure Coast beach conditions, it is still hot and the surf darn near flat.  No change expected real soon.

Happy hunting,