I think one of the reasons Ballard is so bitter was the fact that if he had claimed it, he would have had to salvage items. He apparently feels strongly that it is a grave site first. He would have claimed the rites to the ship but in doing so he would have gone against his own moral code by having to salvage items. The ultimate catch 22. He may bee bitter about it, but I applaud his passion. Most peoples passion now involves currency and nothing else any more. JMHO.