|Quoting kanban (Reply 99):|
what is more interesting is who cleaned it up and returned it to the beach for the second "finding"
True. Maybe WarrenPlatts can answer this: If left (the RR item) exposed in the elements for so long is it possible that weather / nature could have cleared the marine life from the part, or, would it have had to have been removed by somebody who found it later?
At least the pic with marine life on it pretty much debunks the "item was planted" conspiracy theorists - although I'd expect that crowd to find another reason to introduce another conspiracy.
I also wonder how it will affect the search area modeling (predictions) now it is confirmed the piece had marine life on it? Remember, the two items found without the marine life attached got people coming out and proposing that the plane might have crashed farther south because of the drift currents - drift currents which would have allowed some debris to take a northern route through warmer waters and get marine life attached (flaperon) and other debris to take a southern route through cooler waters without having so much marine life attached. Now it could be the case that all of the debris found so far had marine life attached therefore suggesting a more northern impact site?
Anyway, the mystery continues...