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    Belated 2018 Year in Review Dive and Dumb Luck Finds

    I usually get this thread up sooner. Happy New Year to everyone and hope 2019 is full of great discoveries and finds for all my fellow digger divers.
    2018 was a year that I had a hip replacement back in March. This slowed me down abit along with work and family. I got back to diving and its been beneficial to my recovery. I set my dives sites on areas I've wanted to check out but never did. I'm happy to report I will never have to go back to most of them as I found nothing of significance at most of them. I narrowed down some new salt water sites worth revisiting this winter when the visibility will be better. I did not find much , but had some heart break shards, and some whole bottles.
    But a bad day of hunting for old bottles beats a good day at work.
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    Figured Id get the cryin out of the way first.

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    Hear are my best whole ones, I found the odd shaped ceramic on the mudflats, the ceramic ink, Michigan strap 1/2 pint flask, and peppersauce found diving. Also an old rail road baggage tag.
    Thats the best I found for this year 2018. A first for me seeing a beaver swimming underwater Awesome!! Having him come after me and my flippers Freakin Crazy. Happy New Year guys Happy Hunting. Kevin
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    Those are some really nice finds! I love that amber flask, and I'm still very interested in knowing what the stoneware bottle is. Hopefully you can get a positive ID on it someday.

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    Hey Bram.
    I did not know about your hip. Glad to hear that you've recovered well enough to get back out there.
    I know exactly what you mean when you say that you can cross a bunch of spots off your list. Trying new spots disappoints most of the time. You gotta do it, though (or you just keep trying the old ones).
    Cool finds. Even the criers are neat. I love the crazy blob. That thing is a work of historic art.
    The flask is amazing. I'd call that the high point of any year. And the railroad piece - awesome.
    I think further elaboration on the beaver story is in order (unless I missed that post). Cool but I'm not sure that I'd want to ness with an angry beaver.
    Congrats on a pretty good year even if some of it was sidelined for health reasons. Best of luck to you in 2019 too!

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    Such great stuff, broke or whole. I'm still floored by the Wood's Elixer. Insanely rare and important piece. Glad you're all mended up and raring to go!

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    Hi Bob
    Its Kevin, At first I was just trying to understand what I was seeing with the beaver. It was truly graceful swimming by me, all sorts of air bubbles trapped on its fur cruising by me like a torpedo. I figured we were both going our separate ways when it felt like my fins were getting caught up in something. That was the beaver, he must have circled around. I am usually very good on my air consumption but this guy was ill tempered and really freaking me out. I have never been around one diving before and I'm a little nervous getting near one again. The flask is the second half pint I found in the same area along with a fuu pint sized one (a long way from home)
    Sand that NY bottle would have been off the charts, found that in the mudflats, initially thought it was a Townsend's.
    Canada, Its from Czechoslovakia here is a link
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    I found it in a mudflat just saw a small bit of the bottom showing and was shocked to find this very interesting shape. The stamp on it is not legible
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    Oh my gosh Kevin,
    I am so sorry. Just started typing and that somehow came out. I'm really sorry about mis-naming you. I know who you are and I look forward to your threads. And in case I was as dumb as I appear, you actually signed your name to the original post. Brilliant. Again, I apologize.

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    The beaver thing is very odd. Was he biting at your fins? That's very aggressive behavior for a critter.

    Once I was river diving in a shallow spot (in the summer) and digging it deeper. I came up to see a muscrat right in front of me just a few feet away under the bank. It had long stained front teeth (that were probably sharp and pointy). I had a glass shard in one hand and threw it toward it. I expected it to scramble fast. The glass plunked in pretty close but it didn't budge. I splashed it like you might splash someone in a swimming pool with my cupped hand. It took off. It came back later and was splashed again. It never attacked but the behavior was very brave for a fairly little critter. I assumed that it had little ones nearby or it would never have been that brave.

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    One other weird critter circling behind story. We were night diving in Cozumel. We tried to remember a reef we'd seen in daylight and wanted to swim out. We missed it and went to 40 feet deep with just that crusty sandy bottom around. A couple of fish were following us at our fin tips (like trevallies). But you would never know in the dark unless you turned your light to your fins. They'd dart off but come right back. Creepy.

    Anyway. Is that railroad thing made of brass?



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