Odyssey Strikes Gold Twice
By Mike Unser
U.S. treasure hunting
company Odyssey Marine Exploration struck gold
twice in a single week. The company announced
Thursday it had discovered new shipwreck sites
near the English Channel containing Colonial
That announcement came on the heels of Tuesday’s
revelation that Odyssey’s adventures will be
spotlighted on a Discovery Channel shipwreck
series that will be seen around the world.
Odyssey has been fighting a huge legal battle
with Spain over ownership of 17-tons of
Colonial-era coins recovered in May of 2007.
While those legal battles will wage on with
several hundred million at stake, the latest
news from Odyssey is fortuitous in its timing.
In regards to the two newly discovered shipwreck
sites, Odyssey said in a statement,
“Both sites lie within the general area of the
English Channel but are outside the territorial
waters or contiguous zone of any sovereign
nation. The sites both contain cannon and other
artifacts which are believed to date from the
Odyssey has conducted preliminary surveys but
has not yet been able to confirm the identity of
either site. The Company’s archaeological and
conservation teams are currently developing
archaeological excavation and conservation plans
for both sites. "
The deep-sea exploration of the sites are sure
to be enticingly interesting and perhaps
showcased on prime-time TV in 2009.
The upcoming TV series on the Discovery Channel
is being produced by Emmy® Award-winning JWM
Productions and will feature Odyssey at its
best. It could go even better for the company
should the series extend beyond 2009.
But even if it lasts a single year, Odyssey
gains "free" TV revenue of at least $2 million
for doing what they already do every day. And —
best of all — positive worldwide exposure you
simply can not buy at any price. Consider that
1.5 billion people in 170 countries can
potentially watch the show through Discovery
How big is the deal? One recent example… Had the
TV series already ran this year and millions of
viewers watched for themselves how Odyssey
excavates a sea floor treasure with no visible
vessel or human remains, Spain would have had a
much harder sale in their vocal pitch comparing
Odyssey to grave robbers of fallen war heroes.
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