UPDATED: Exclusivie sneak peek of new season: It’s the Money Pit!
The Season Three Finale of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND on History Channel was entitled, “Secrets and Revelations.” So, were there any?
Planning, pre-planning and digging have stretched over literally decades on Oak Island to lead up to the 10X dive featured on the Season Three Finale of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND. Legend says that “one more must die” before the treasure can ever be found; did the Lagina brothers prove legend wrong with their dive into the 27”-wide hole by world-renowned diver John Chatterton?
The brothers, along with the vast number of viewers, have been anticipating this day. Unfortunately, Marty Lagina and business partner Craig Tester were grounded in Michigan by a hurricane threat, and were unable to be on the island for the dive; fortunately, video technology allowed them to “be there” in spirit, if not in actual person.
But, did they find anything?
The brothers thought, from a previous scan, that there were two vertical posts in the chamber. It became clear pretty quickly that one of the “posts” was actually a metal drill pipe. It was murky, and there was not much to see. The bottom was clay, which seemed to go along with the idea that the cavern was natural, not man-made. And, in the area of the “body?”
According to Chatterton, there was an area of depression and some sinkholes. But, was there a man-made tunnel? Chatterton did enter the tunnel, and said it was rectangular with a lot of clay and rock. It had to be crawled into–no walking in–and it was irregular and crumbly in texture. So, man-made or natural?
We’re certainly not cave exploration experts or geologists, but it absolutely sounded natural when they discussed it.
Regardless, it was impressive that Chatterton could get into that 27” shaft and into the chamber.
Oh, and the second of the two “posts”–a large, square wooden post that Dan Blankenship had sworn he had seen years ago–did not exist, by the way. And, sonar information proved to be all myths and shadows, as well: no wooden posts, no box (which turned out to be a big rock) and no body.
And, odds of the chamber being man-made?
“I think it looks like a natural formation,” Chatterton concluded.
Rick just refused to be reasonable, in our honest opinion, saying of Chatterton’s conclusion, “Is he correct? I don’t know. Again, we don’t have eyes on target; he’s feeling, with his feet, with his hands.” And, later, refusing to accept the idea that the formation was natural, despite all obvious evidence. “Pretty sobering,” he said, but also added in a camera cameo, after refusing to take 10X off the search grid, “The only way to get definitive answers at the bottom of 10X is to drain it.”
We like Rick, appreciate his passion, have had a lot of fun following along with his dream, but we agree with Marty on this one: It’s time to “put an X in 10X and move on to other places on that island.”
Next week, fans are no doubt hoping a Season Finale for aftershow “Drilling Down” will bring answers to the new mystery started at the Money Pit. Did the Laginas actually find something of a treasure redemption at the Money Pit site? We don’t know but, to tell you the truth, after the complete zero at the bottom of 10X, we don’t have a lot of faith in all of the light-and-shadows “facts” the Laginas are chasing on this hunt. And, the gold cross that the descendants of treasure hunter Daniel McGinnis claimed came from the original Money Pit? In our opinion, just more light-and-shadows.
But, we’ll stay tuned.
Of course, now that there is nothing much to see in 10X, it is time for the Laginas to try and locate whatever they can from the original Money Pit; fans had to see that one coming! And, recently, the guys thought they may have found an underground cavern in the area. On the Season Finale, using a camera to examine the area of the presumed void, the team thought they found a shiny piece of golden material–treasure?–in the original area of the Money Pit. “Curious,” Rick said; a little too convenient, we must add.
What do fans of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND think? Is it time to move on from 10X, or just time to drain it? The gold cross from the McGinnis sisters? And, the shiny metal captured via camera at the original Money Pit? Leave your opinions in the comment section below.
Of course, the biggest question has yet to be answered by History Channel: Will there be a Season Four of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND? The Laginas did agree with their team to continue the search; will History Channel be there with them?
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND airs on History Channel; the Season Finale of aftershow “Drilling Down” will air on History Channel on Tuesday, February 9 at 9/8c.
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