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GoPro mystery: Scuba diver finds barnacle-covered camera at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico

Recovered video shows how it was lost
Posted at 1:30 AM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 08:12:42-05

SIESTA KEY, Fla. -- On a sunny Florida day a man lost his GoPro near Turtle Beach in Siesta Key.  Now, a Good Samaritan is working to get it back to its rightful owner.

Jennifer Herr said she was doing a dive navigation class when she saw something covered in barnacles on the ocean floor.

“I came across what looked like a waist belt for scuba diving I picked it up and well it was a GoPro,” Herr said.

It was in twenty feet of water.  Herr said she thought it was broken.

“It’s completely covered in barnacles I had to soak it in vinegar overnight and I chip at it to get the barnacles off cause I could not get the case open but I finally go it open,” Herr said. “It works just fine.”

Herr says she downloaded the photos and videos, posting on photo to FaceBook in hopes of finding the man who lost it. So far, no luck.

“It’s a family they have a little kid. There are family pictures at the beach and snorkeling,” Herr said. “I’ve lost stuff scuba diving you are just so mad you lost something I thought it would be good to give back to somebody.”

Herr found the GoPro after Hurricane Irma battered Florida’s West Coast. She found it off Turtle Beach, but she doesn’t know where it came from or how long it might have been underwater.

Herr hopes the owner sees this report or someone recognizes the family in the photo.

“Hopefully we can find them,” Herr said.  “It’s just a good thing to do.”