1. For the past 7 years two "Secret Santas" have given away money during Christmas time in Metro Detroit.
    They returned to the area on Friday, December 11, 2015 to keep that tradition alive, giving $14,000 in $100 bills.
    From bus stops and thrift stores, to restaurants and people walking on the sidewalk the two, who prefer to remain anonymous, wanted to spread some Christmas cheer.
    The one condition for everyone who received $100?
    They had to remember to pay it forward by helping out others in the future.
    Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

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  2. Winner of the 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award for "Best Feature Reporting (Video)"

    Great Lakes historians say up to 10,000 shipwrecks are at the bottom, many are full of stories and history.

    For over 30 years one of those shipwrecks the Hydrus, was the one ship that eluded David Trotter, a 75-year-old shipwreck hunter. It had always been on his bucket list of wrecks to find and explore.

    In July of 2015 Trotter was able to add another shipwreck to over 100 that he's discovered over the years.

    Working with his divers, he found the 434-foot freighter using side scan sonar and an array of electronics.

    The Hydrus had sunk landing upright in over 130 feet of water in Lake Huron during the infamous Great Storm of 1913.
    It was such a fierce storm with 80 mph winds, waves at 35 feet that it killed 250 sailors and sank 12 Great Lakes freighters.

    For David Trotter finding her meant another mystery solved, another historical ship found and more stories to tell about the Great Lakes and the history that lies on the bottom.

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  3. Dennis Hale, 75, was the sole survivor of the Daniel J. Morrell when it sank with 25 men on board on November 29, 1966 in Lake Huron.
    Hale and three shipmates got into a life raft, over time they froze to death as Hale barely hung onto life.
    He tells his amazing story of survival in this video and the photojournalist who shot the rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard recounts the moment.
    Sadly Dennis Hale passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 after a battle with cancer in Ohio.
    See my story and video http://tinyurl.com/DennisHale in the Detroit Free Press

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  4. The Paul R. Tregurtha at 1,013 feet long is the largest freighter that sails the Great Lakes.
    She travels 1,580 miles between Metro Detroit and Superior, Wisconsin on Lake Huron and Lake Superior delivering 68,000 tons of coal to two power plants.
    The crew of twenty three makes this trip 40 times a year.
    Along the way they encounter all kinds of weather but they also get to take in the beauty of our Great Lakes.
    I spent 6 1/2 days on the Tregurtha with my reporting colleague Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press telling the stories of the ship and crew. This is part of their story.
    Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

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  5. Countless weeks of research, planning, shooting & interviewing all boiled down to this...the long edit of my film, "Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter's Quest."
    The 49 minute film is about David Trotter, the best Great Lakes shipwreck hunter in Michigan. The film follows him & his divers on three ships he discovered, the stories and characters behind each of those ships.
    The film premiered at the 2nd annual Freep Film Festival (freepfilmfestival.com) in Detroit at the Fillmore Theater on March 19, 2015. It was a double feature along with my colleague, Brian Kaufman and his film Fire Photo -> 1.
    I've been a photo and video journalist at the Detroit Free Press since 1999. This was the first film I've done since taking up video in 2008 and I'd love to be able to tell more stories and do more films in the future :-)
    Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

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    Love this, Eric... non-divers, take note!

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