I recently visited Sebastian, Florida (Treasure Coast / Atlantic Ocean) for some beach hunting and decided to also make a quick stop to work over the dredge tailings from Sebastian Inlet, after reading about the beach replenishment project here: http://treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com/2012/02/21012-report-favorite-finds-dredging.html

I only spent an hour detecting, which was more than enough time to realize that my White’s Dual Field, a pulse induction detector, wasn’t the right tool for the job. I think a VLF detector, with good discrimination abilities would have worked out much better, and allow me to dig less trash. If you know the history of the area, then you know that it’s a decent possibility that there is some treasure amongst all the junk.

This was the first time I’ve seen a replenishment project in-progress and I thought you might find it interesting to see exactly what the execution looks like, so I took some photos.

If you decide to visit and do some detecting, I’d recommend working on top of the material, instead of along the bottom of the cut that meets the water’s edge. I spent some time at the bottom of the cut and at one point found myself sinking over knee-deep in a sketchy area of very soft sand, where the dredge tailings started to mix with the existing beach sand. I didn’t see it coming, as much of the material was plenty hard-packed leading up to this. It was high tide and a decent swell was pounding the beach, so it shook me up a little, being stuck in the sand like that.