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A Whale Bone Once Belonging to Sir Ernest Shackleton Just Auctioned in England for a Scant $1800


Shackleton gifted this whale vertebrae to his sisters in 1907 when his ship, the Nimrod, was anchored in Torquay before he set out for Antarctica. Photo credit: BBC.

The vertebrae was among a trove of items in an auction for a school in Devon, England, where auctioneers had set an unbelievably modest guide price of £300 (or about $450). And to think a stale old biscuit from the Titanic just went in a Southampton auction house for about $23,000…

“It’s nice to keep it in Torquay where it has been for more than 100 years,” said the highest bidder, a local jeweler.

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Is This How England’s First Colony Vanished into the New World?


Above (clockwise, top to bottom): A slate writing tablet, clay tobacco pipes, a stoneware vessel, and a German token, found along Cape Creek, Hatteras Island, North Carolina, about 50 miles from the original settlement on Roanoke. Photo: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic.

What happened to Britain’s first settlers of the New World over 425 years ago has been one of the greatest mysteries of the Americas’ short Eurocentric history. This spring, the search took a new turn, thanks to evidence uncovered by two independent teams of archaeological surveyors.

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Watch (and Listen to) the Moment a Diver Finds Over a Million Dollars in Sunken Gold Coins.

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“Hohohohoho! Oh my! Oh man!” – couldn’t have put it any better myself. Photo via CBS.

Treasure hunters Eric Schmitt and family have been at it for over 50 years, but the Sanford, Florida family has yet to anything nearly as significant as this.

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Pterodactyls, Mermaids, Cannibals, H-Bombs and Mormon Whales – Our Favorite Fake Ocean Stories from World News Daily


The famed Savannah Hydrogen Bomb Found! Well, maybe not. 

World News Daily Report is an online candy store for birthers, truthers, tinfoil hat wearers, cryptozoologists right and left-wing conspiracy theorists. It’s the Weekly World News for a new era, and a poster website for PT Barnum’s famed adage “There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute.”

World News Daily churns out click-bait stories with the hopes that you’ll visit their real world advertisers like Starbucks and CNN. It’s a brilliant – and disturbing – business model.


Would you like a latté and some Jesus to go with your $200,000,000 in gold? 

WWDR’s stories are passed around the Interwebs like a nuclear hot potato and its hard hitting reporters, Barbara Johnson and Bill Flanagan  seem able to scoop every other journalist on the planet at will. In fact, Bob is the real life brother of Tommy Flanagan, a Saturday Night Live Op/Ed contributor who fought alongside the Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos in World War II.

Tommy Flanagan, brother of World News Daily Report’s Bob Flanagan.

Before I offend  too many of my gullible friends and colleagues, let me also point out that I’m also regularly lured into clicking on WWDR’s stories. But it doesn’t take much research to conclude that sites like this that keep in existence. Here’s a sampling of the ocean stories that might have acutally made headlines on TheScuttlefish – if they were true…

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A Surfer’s Class Ring, Lost on Bolinas Beach, Returned After 35 Years


Photo  Lea Suzuki: San Francisco Chronicle

Robert Fowler was surfing off Bolinas in 1979 when he felt his gold class ring slip off his finger and disappear.

The thing it disappeared into was the Pacific Ocean, a body of water not known for giving things back.

Fast-forward 35 years, as can happen in seagoing tales. Two weeks ago, treasure hunter Larry Feurzeig was strolling the Bolinas beach at low tide with his metal detector, listening through his headphones for pings that usually mean he’s the lucky finder of yet another beer can, fishing weight or penny.

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Wish You Were Here: On the Bus in Ibiza, Spain.

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Air BnB’s coolest destination on Ibiza – Uschi the Bus.

Next stop – Ibiza in the Balearic Islands! Find yourself on this most epic party bus. ‘Uschi’ is a converted 1954 Swiss Postal Bus. It’s perched on a cliff off Cala Comte, with stunning oceanside views and the best sunsets in the islands.

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Wish You Were Here: Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam


“A rock wonder in the sky” is how 14th century poet and Confuscian scholar Nguyễn Trãi described the over 2000 islands sprinkled throughout Vietnam’s Hạ Long Bay. With mist cloaking the majestic limestone mountains, you can feel the ancient history of the Bay and its 500 million years of geological transformations. Located in northeast Vietnam close to the border with China, Hạ Long Bay has served as a shelter against not only enemy combatants but also shelter from the elements, storm surges and tsunamis.

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Here Are a Few More (Full Frame) Pictures from the 2,200-Year-Old Antikythera Wreck off Greece


Above: an amphora has taken on a whole new life of its own. Makes you wonder whether it should stay. (Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

The Antikythera wreck site, dated to 60-70 BC, was first uncovered by sponge divers in 1900, and would go on to yield the single greatest collection of Greek antiquities in history. It’s believed the ship was on its way to Rome from Asia Minor with its luxury cargo, which included marble statues, jewelry, furniture, glassware and much more which is yet to be found.

Excavations began soon thereafter, but the death of one archaeologist and the paralysis of two others (due to diving complications) halted the project until this past fall. Here are a few of Wetpixel photographer Brett Seymour’s select images from a more recent expedition to the site, “Return to Antikythera,” with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Exosuit.


(Photo: Brett Seymore/Argo/Wetpixel)

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