Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Title: Phantoms of the Deep
Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
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Synopsis: In Michigan Marty invites some sonar experts who want to dive on Oak Island into their office. They discuss a sub-bottom profiler. It can penetrate the layers below the bottom. They want to use newer technology then they had several years ago when the mapped the water around the island. Marty is on board. On the island the second joint drilling operation with Mr. Nolan begins. They drill some core samples on the side of the swamp. The cores are beautiful slates. So far no voids. The last core comes up at tad short. Two types of substrate and about a five foot void at about 106 feet to 11 feet. Fred pulls up and they give him the news. He’s excited. Rick calls Marty and gives him the news. Two days later, they travel to Halifax to meet with Dr. Bob Courtney to get his opinion on the map that the divers and sonar experts made. Per a flashback we learn that Fred had found a man made wall around 12 feet high between the swamp and the beach. He discusses that the south shore is missing 300 feet of land. Back in Halifax Dr. Courtney shows them a map that he has. He points out anomaly’s that are most likely man made. He also points out a likely shipwreck. Jack finds something that looks like a skull. The dive team is ready to explore with the sonar. They drop it behind the boat. It’s called a star fish and it’s side scan sonar. They have to bring the speed of the boat down to 2 knots to get a good scan. The man watching the images come up on the screen is excited. They do find a boat on the bottom. Back on the island Rick and Dan go to the southern end of the swamp to try and find the wood timber wall that Fred said he found in 1969. He does have restrictions on the dig. He can’t go deeper than 6 feet and he can’t get any closer than 9 feet to the water itself as there can be no breach. At one spot they pull up a log. The excavator operator states its man made. But it’s not old wood as it’s been pressure treated. They tested five spots and got nothing in all five. They decide to try one more spot. Spot six has a split log and stump, but it was the most wood they found. Maybe the wall was deeper down than Rick was allowed to dig. Back out on the water the sonar scan is still going strong. They find a triangle stone, with a perfect triangle on top of it. It leaves the sonar guy speechless. Everyone meets up at a nearby pub to share all the results. The stone triangle gets shown to Marty and he’s informed that it’s stacked triangles. They decide to dive on the stacked triangle rock the next day.