A message in a bottle released by a Japanese high school student 37 years ago was discovered — about 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) from Hawaii.
Members of the Natural Sciences Department of Chiba Prefectural Choshi High School in eastern Tokyo released 750 bottles into the sea between 1984 and 1985 to investigate the flow of the sea.
The bottle, which contained English, Japanese, and Portuguese messages asking the finder to contact the sender, was washed away in remote locations such as the Philippines, Canada, and Alaska.
However, nothing has been discovered since the 50th bottle was discovered in the southwestern part of Kagoshima prefecture in 2002.
The school announced in June that a 9-year-old girl had found the 51st bottle on a beach in Hawaii, but the postcard-sized message is still almost legible.
“I was really surprised,” Jun Hayashi, deputy principal of the school, told AFP on Friday.
“The 50th one was discovered 19 years ago, so I thought it was complete. I didn’t expect to find any more — I thought they were all sunk.
“It’s really exciting to find the 51st.”
Hayashi says, “Someone wants to find the 52nd now.”
The club that released the bottle ended in 2007.
However, the school said the two student representatives are planning to send a letter and a miniature flag to a finder named Abbey Graham by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper.
Mayumi Kondo, a member of the Faculty of Natural Sciences in 1984, said that this discovery “revived nostalgic memories” when she was a student.
“37 years is a long time for humans, but on the other hand it really brings home how big and mysterious the earth and nature are,” she said.
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