Monday, December 7, 2015

12/7/15 Report - More On The Wreck Of The San Jose. Detecting Etiquette. Beach Conditions Rating Upgrade.

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Neat Tiny Shell That Would Fit On A Dime.

This shell is very tiny and I don't think I've ever noticed one just like it.


The most read post of November was the 11/30/15 Report - Saturday and Sunday Metal Detecting Finds.  Old Buttons Found.  Big Surf Predicted Next Weekend.


Here is another article on the discovery of the San Jose shipwreck near Cartagena.  As usual there is a dispute over ownership.  A U. S. court ruled in favor of Columbia over a salvage company (Sea Search Armada) that did some work to locate the San Jose.

Here is the link for more about that discovery.  Photos are included.

I received a question about beach etiquette.  In my 4/13/15 post I presented what a number of readers had to say on the subject.  You might want to check it out.

Just the other day I was detecting a beach with no one else in sight.  Eventually another detectorist showed up and even though there were a hundreds of yards of beach, the recently arrived detectorist walked towards me and got so close that my detector started to chatter.   I could reset my detector to stop the chatter, but that isn't the point.  There were hundreds of yards to search, why would anyone feel the need to start detecting right on top of the only other person on the beach?

This has been discussed, and it is impossible to come up with a specific distance that suits all situations.  There is a lot of beach out there.  It is only common courtesy to give other detectorists a wide birth.  Definitely don't jump in and detect the same dip or hole unless you are invited.  Also, the beach is big enough that you definitely don't need to pass so close to other detectorists that you cause detector interference.

Most detectorists are considerate.  Most of the detectorists that I've seen lately have been very considerate.  There are always a few who just don't get it though.

You might want to go back and read the 4/13/15 post in this blog for more on this subject.


The surf will be decreasing for a few days.  However, the wind today changed, and for the good.  Today it was from the north, and the swell is from the northeast.

I'm upgrading my beach detecting conditions to a 2.  This one will probably be short-lived.

The predictions show another increase in surf coming in about a week though.  I hope that one pans out.  If looks like it might be a decent winter for beach metal detecting.


Only a few hours to respond to the blog poll.  Thanks for your responses.  We'll be able to compare the better days of October with those of November

Happy hunting,