When I was young, I was fascinated with the idea of being a treasure hunter – finding lost cities of gold, shipwrecks stuffed with treasure, that kind of thing. I enjoyed reading books based around it and watching movies (such as Indiana Jones, National Treasure, King Soloman’s Mines, The Goonies etc) and still do. During primary school I even wrote a number of stories based around that concept.
As such I was fascinated to come across the following article about some modern day treasure hunters who struck it big. Very, very big. A ship loaded with 70 tonnes of platinum, 10 tonnes of gold and 1.5 tonnes of industrial diamonds and gemstones, valued at somewhere between $6 billion and $11 billon. The discovery may not have been as glamorous and exciting as in the books and movies, but to be involved in it would still have been a thrill.