"We know that admiralty law is complex, and the facts of this case are unique. I believe that the recommendation missed some key issues, and we have underscored those in our objection. We are confident that the facts and applicable law are in our favor," said Melinda MacConnel, vice president and general counsel for Odyssey Marine Exploration.
Odyssey's complete "Objections to the June 3, 2009 Report and Recommendation" is available at www.shipwreck.net/blackswanlegal.php.
In May 2007, Odyssey announced the discovery of the "Black Swan," a Colonial-period site located in the Atlantic Ocean which yielded more than 500,000 silver coins weighing more than 17 tons, hundreds of gold coins, worked gold, and other artifacts. Odyssey completed an extensive pre-disturbance survey of the "Black Swan" site, which included recording more than 14,000 digital still images that were used to create a photomosaic of the site.