When Ron MacLean went for a walk along the shoreline, he had no idea that he was about to make an extraordinary find. Indeed, even after seeing the strange object in the ice, he didn’t understand quite what it was. But then MacLean got a closer look at the shape and realized that he’d made an astonishing discovery.
As a former chief engineer for the Canadian Coast Guard, Ron MacLean has a lot of maritime experience. In his retirement, though, the 64-year-old lives on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia. And, as it happens, it was there that he spotted something that could be of real scientific import.