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Sea Glass Reports - Catches Vary a Lot!

by David and Lovely Lin
(Somewhere in NW Wash)

Why Sea Glass Reports Vary - David and Lin's Catches

Why Sea Glass Reports Vary - David and Lin's Catches

2009 Sep 17 West Beach, Whidbey Island WA

Catches of the Day

Here is one reason why some report sea glass as being GOOD at a certain beach and the someone reports the same beach as POOR!

David and Lin walk together down the beach. As you can see, Lin finds a lot more glass...more colors...

And she does it consistently! Since this was found in about 2-1/2 hours, Lin might rate this beach excellent(16 jewelry grade pieces per hour) and David rate it as only fair (3-5 jewelry grade per hour).

You see what I mean? Both would be right.

That is one possible reason you may find sea glass beach reports that say different things. Of course, there are other factors:

1. One person is a lot more adept at seeing the beach glass (shown here).

2. Every ocean beach changes a lot with the two tides a day. Even more with storms. So one day is very different from another.

3. A person reportng - "Rated: Excellent (16+ jewelry grade pieces found per hour)" when actually he has only found 16 craft grade pieces.

Well, out of the three factors listed, #3 is the only one that can be changed. So-

Do your homework. Check out the pages on grading sea glass and study the photos carefully. A beach with only craft grade glass can only be rated Poor no matter how many pieces are found!

David (editor)

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