Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11/24/15 Report - Some Beaches Eroding Today. Squid Shell. Business of Treasure Salvage.

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

John Brooks Beach This Morning.
If you want to know what the beaches are doing, here are some pictures taken this morning shortly after high tide.

Above is John Brooks beach.  It is slightly better than yesterday, but not much.  The front beach is still mushy.

South of Turtle Trail This Morning.
This cut south of Turtle Trail was about four feet high.  Notice the small amount of seaweed in front of the cut.

Looking North From the Turtle Trail Access.
Notice the two steps shown in this view.  Also, the beach in front of the cut is fairly steep.

Looking North From the Wabasso Beach Access.
One thing that doesn't show in this photo looking towards Disney is the seven to ten foot cliff.

Despite all the erosion and big cliffs at the beaches other than John Brooks, beach detecting conditions were not great.  I believe the reason for that is that most of the erosion was actually in renourishment sand.

At the back of the beach, the renourishment sand is still preventing old things from washing out of the dunes.  And the sand that has been eroded is now stretched out in front of the beach and into the shallow water.  That means that the old sand and old objects are still covered even though there has been erosion.

The cut last week that produced Spanish shipwreck items, was deep and near the front of the beach, not back in front of the dunes.  That is why some things were uncovered.

I'm not increasing my beach detecting conditions rating yet.  For those of you who don't know, my rating scale provides an estimate of the likelihood of finding old treasure items on the beach.   More modern items will often appear sooner, and they will appear in clusters more often.  Conditions for finding modern items can improve yet not improve enough to increase the chances of finding older things.

My current rating is based upon a sample of the three beaches I observed.  Actually I saw one more to a limited extent, but I didn't see them all.  There may be places that are producing now, but I didn't see them today.

Tomorrow the surf is supposed to increase.  Today it was supposed to be 3 - 5 feet, and tomorrow it is supposed to be 5 - 8 feet.  The wind tomorrow will be pretty straight in from the east.

We're still supposed to have up to a ten feet later this week.


Yesterday I posted a picture of a small shell.  Ron J. sent me this note regarding the identity of the shell along with a picture that matches the shell.  Here is what Ron said.

Looks like the shell is from the inside of a Squid. (please see attached)
On Page 121 of the book " FLORIDA'S LIVING BEACHES  A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber" By Blair and Dawn Witherington , Pineapple Press, Sarasota Florida      ISBN 978-1-56164-386-8

" Ram's horn squid ( Spirula spirula ) are beached as white, chambered coils. The coil lies within the posterior end of the squid opposite its two large and ten tentacles. The coil takes up almost half the squid, minus out stretched tentacles.

I find this book a great help to identify the things found while beachcombing.

Thanks Ron.  I never would have guessed.


Market Watch had this article on the business of treasure salvage in Florida.



Happy hunting,