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Lead batteries on sea bottom

Discussion in 'Ocean Conservation' started by tarponchik, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    During this one dive in Keauhou Bay, I found 2 snorkels, a fishing rod, couple of sinkers, and this battery. I'd say that intentional disposal of snorkeling and fishing gear into the sea is highly unlikely, but what about the battery? This was not the 1st one I ever found while diving, and not the 1st one I found while diving off Kona coast. But I do not know much about boat running and maintenance. So my question to those skilled in the art is, what are the chances of accidently dropping a battery overboard?
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  2. TrimixToo

    TrimixToo Regular of the Pub

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    Accidentally? Nil.
     
  3. Norwegian Cave Diver

    Norwegian Cave Diver Barracuda

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    Would be a good project for a Search and Recovery class. How much does a battery weigh? How much water does it displace? How much does it now weigh under water? How deep is it? How much air/gas will it take to lift it at depth? How much air/gas will a diver require? Does the diver require additional gas to complete the task? Any instructors out there want to offer up some numbers?
     
  4. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I once helped a canoe that had swamped in Long Island Sound. They had a trolling motor with a battery. When they rolled the canoe the battery fell out. I am not saying that it wasn’t intentional, but the dumb-ass things I have seen boaters do over the years, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
     
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  5. arew+4

    arew+4 Barracuda

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    Possible, but unlikely. I carry a spare battery in my boat (S happens) but it's in a closed hatch. a spare battery in a small open boat could get tossed out in rough water.
     
  6. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    But if intentional, why? Most dealers will take an old battery in for recycling when you buy a new one.
     
  7. BRT

    BRT not a soft touch ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And pay you for it if you don't need it for a core.
     
  8. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Until 1990, the USCG dumped the batteries from the ATONs directly under the ATONs. It is a long and honored practice.
     
  9. Jonn

    Jonn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Dumping old lead acid batteries in the sea would not make economic sense, aside from the morality of it. Lead isn't a 'precious metal', but it's precious enough! Anyone who sells batteries or buys scrap metal will be happy to take them. OTOH, they are not a particularly dangerous pollutant compared to the modern stuff. Melt it down for extra weights!
     
  10. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    looks like a carry around unit. perhaps it was set down and ship roll put it over the side. if it were battrey alone i would suspect this was a disposal but not while it was in the carry container.
     

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