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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Diving Down For Surprises

Courtesy of Jake May of The Flint Journal via the Associated Press.

Michael Miller of Honolulu usually trains with board shorts during his long ocean training sessions to create extra drag.

"Somehow, during the years I have trained in Kailua Beach [on Oahu], I got in the practice of picking up fishing weights. Everything from a 1 ounce weight to anything 'metal' anglers use, including wrenches, tire balance weights, plumbing fixtures, boat anchors and yacht-sized bowlines.

They have all made it to my house, after dragging them around in the water

Developed over decades of ocean swimming, his habit is irresistible and irreversible. "The shape of a weight is unmistakeable. Therefore, I cannot swim over one, I MUST stop, dive down, pick up, and pocket it. I have accumulated nearly 500-600 pounds (227-272 kg) of fishing weights. With spot lead price appreciating, I am preparing to find a seller."

Similarly, 10-year-old Paige Burnett and 9-year-old Sage Menzies were diving for items below the surface of Lobdell Lake in Michigan when they found a meter-long bomb from the World War I era.

After that the old bomb might explode, the Michigan State Police bomb squad were called out and determined the old artifact only had mud inside.

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