Contemplating a Career Change

If marine biologist are the rock stars of science then marine archaeologists may be the millionaires.

Deep-sea explorers said Friday they have mined what could be the richest shipwreck treasure in history, bringing home 17 tons of colonial-era silver and gold coins from an undisclosed site in the Atlantic Ocean. Estimated value: $500 million.


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In this photo provided by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Odyssey co-founder Greg Stemm, left, examines coins recovered from the "Black Swan" shipwreck with an unidentified member of the conservation team Thursday, May 17, 2007, at an undisclosed location. (AP Photo/Odyssey Marine Exploration)

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Last week I reported on the potential $500 million dollar haul of coins pulled by Odyssey Marine Exploration of a wreck referred to the "Black Swan". Several papers are reporting on the possible identity of the wreck and the potential ownership of the wreck by Spain. Spain has claimed that the…
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Well turtle biologist definitely puts you on the top rung of the marine biologist ladder. Sadly, although honestly, I am probably on the lower rung as I study the muddy seafloor. Conservation angle makes you Bono!