Diving for treasure

This may sound like something straight out of a movie, but this year, a US treasure-hunting company (yes there is such a thing) found and excavated 500,000 silver coins off the coast of Spain. The trouble is Spain’s also eyeing the loot.

That’s why this week the Spanish government got together a team of experts to help plan their strategy against further looting. But the company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, it was fair game because they claim the site was in international waters. The trouble is they won’t release the site location. I guess that’s why they’re going to court next month in Tampa, of all places.

Anyways, I talked with an Odyssey spokeswoman a couple weeks ago. Though she was generally nice, and even sent me some promotional material, I was surprised at just how paranoid she was about who I was, why I was calling, and why I needed to know anything. Perhaps it just goes with treasure-hunting, after all, location is everything in this game.