During a trip to Hawaii, a 9-year-old girl found a bottle that was thrown overboard over thirty years ago. This contained a message that later turned out to be a scientific experiment.
abbie graham found a dirty and muddy glass bottle while visiting Paradise Park in Hawaii. What appeared to be a simple bottle turned out to be something quite mysterious.
Initially, the girl’s parents dismissed the find, but Abbie quickly realized that the bottle might have something special. Inside the bottle, he found letters from a Japanese high school sent over 37 years ago.
The notes were incredibly intact, bearing in mind that they were thrown into the sea more than three decades ago. Written in English, Spanish and Japanese, the letters asked their recipient to respond to the Choshi High School Science Club in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo when he found them.
The request was granted earlier this month, when Graham resent the letters to school, along with a drawing she and her sister did.
“The students were delighted to receive the letter back”, he said. Jun Hayashi, vice principal of the school, to the VICE.
A former member of the science club contacted by the school, Mayumi Kanda, now 54, said she was surprised to learn the bottle was found. “It brought back many memories of when I was a student. I am very grateful to the girl who found the bottle, to my old school for organizing this project and to everyone involved,” Kanda said during a press conference.
The discovery not only connected two people through time and space, but also completed an experiment, albeit rudimentary, on the movement of ocean currents.
In the 1980s, students at the Choshi school put 750 bottles adrift with the expectation that Kuroshio, a Pacific version of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, would carry them north and east.
Over the next 12 years, 50 bottles were found in Japan and beyond, including the Philippines, China and the West Coast of the United States.
While sending messages in a bottle has stood the test of time, leaving mail adrift at sea has been discouraged by environmental issues.
Several experts have warned that throwing bottles into the sea increases marine pollution, as glass takes years to break. On the other hand, bottle caps can also be dangerous for seabirds as they can fill their stomachs with plastic.