A family that has “spent every day of the last 13 summers searching for gold off the Treasure Coast of Florida” has seen “their hard work sifting through trash in the Atlantic Ocean” pay off. This weekend, the Schmitt’s “discovered a trove of gold that could be worth more than $300,000,” according to HLN.
26-year-old Eric Schmitt dove down into the Atlantic and brought gold coins and necklaces to the surface Sunday. HLN reports, “All told, the family’s recent discovery included eight gold chains (weighing about 3 pounds), five gold coins and a gold ring. It’s the biggest find the family has ever made, and they’ve been doing this a long, long time.”
What an incredible find and an exciting moment for that family of explorers! My daughter and I love to explore our local beaches, too, but in the ocean around New York City you don’t usually find hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold. Here are some of the “treasures” my daughter and I have actually found in and around the ocean near The Big Apple:
A diaper 1 of 9
The crowds at Coney Island are usually so massive Memorial Day weekend that inevitably there will be some garbage floating in the water at some point. The first time I ever went to Coney, I was greeted by a floating diaper ... a sight that's hard to forget.
Chicken bones 2 of 9
I don't even want to know.
Styrofoam containers 3 of 9
They would make a good boat for a seagull ready to set sail.
A chip bag 4 of 9
These foil bags float, too. Could make a decent home for a crab ...
A wine bottle 5 of 9
At our one and only visit to Manhattan Beach last summer, my daughter and her friend discovered a wine bottle in the water. It was fully intact ... EXCEPT FOR THE NOTE!!! Sorry to the pirate who tried to send a letter to his wife back on shore. I think the fish ate it.
A jellyfish 6 of 9
Or whatever this jellyish blob is. These were all over the shoreline at Riis Beach two years ago.
Seaweed 7 of 9
We live in Brooklyn, so the street value of seaweed in certain organic and health obsessed neighborhoods is pretty high.
Shells 8 of 9
My daughter and I took our first trip to Jones Beach in Long Island this year, and we went swimming in an area known for its awesome waves. Each time the tide would wash in and then the water would recede, there were a few seconds to search for and collect some pretty amazing, huge shells that looked nothing like the other, smaller ones you'd see in Brooklyn or Queens. Shells are our favorite beach treasures, on display in our apartment throughout the year.
Bathing suits full of sand 9 of 9
If the summer was a good one, I'm still finding sand in October that we brought back from our ocean explorations in July. Who knows? If I looked closely at it, I bet I could find some teeny tiny flecks of gold dust. After all, everything in New York City sparkles, even the dirty sidewalks.
All photos via iStock.