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Missing GoPro found off Manasota Beach, search for owner underway

The group who found it was diving for shark teeth
Posted at 10:30 PM, Dec 30, 2019

VENICE, Fla. — Three friends are looking for the owner of a GoPro they found while diving near Venice.

Michael Staab was diving off the coast of Manasota Beach just south of Venice.

He located the GoPro about 30 feet underwater and about a half-mile offshore.

"I'm looking for teeth so I wasn't as excited as I normally would be finding a tooth, but I was excited to have a GoPro and instantly curious if it still worked which it does," said Staab.

Staab and his two friends, Michael Nastasio and Ryan Picou, usually go diving to find shark teeth.

"I was looking for teeth and I found a collection bag and I picked it up," said Staab.

"I think we were on our second dive of the day," said Ryan Picou.

The friends said the GoPro contained video of a man and a group of friends on a boat. It did not contain a lot of photos.

"There's a couple of clips. One of which is a gentleman on a boat actually kind of panning to himself and to others. There's another clip of him diving down to the bottom," said Staab.

The friends posted about the missing GoPro on their Facebook page and YouTube page, "iHuntDEADthings."

They post about their diving adventures on their YouTube page.

Nastasio lives in Venice and showed ABC Action News some of the teeth he found while diving.

"The thing that most people want to find is the Megalodon tooth. This is actually the biggest tooth I've personally found, but teeth bigger than that have been found," said Nastasio.

He said he also found a 16-pound whale vertebrae.

"When you find them, it's exhilarating so you can duplicate it over and over again anytime you find another tooth, it starts all over again," said Nastasio.

These friends hope to find the owner of the GoPro.

"If it was mine, I'd be so excited if somebody brought it back and I love hunting for things," said Picou.

"Right time of's Christmas, you know, just something nice to do and the right thing to do," added Nastasio.

Nastasio said if anyone recognizes the man in the GoPro, please contact them on the group's Facebook page.