A message in a bottle from 1985 has finally washed ashore.
According to CNews, the message was found at the mouth of the Neretva river in Croatia. The message was written by a Canadian man named Jonathon to a woman named Mary.
Jonathan writes that he made Mary a promise that he would write her. It’s unclear if the Canadian man knew about the existence of mail in 1985, but he apparently thought that the best way to reach Mary was by throwing a bottle into the sea. Either that or Jonathan thought that the best way to deliver his message was to put it into the hands of fate.
The message reads: “Mary, you really are a great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend always, Jonathon, Nova Scotia, 1985.”
The back story between Jonathan and Mary isn’t known, but the story about the bottle is pretty incredible. If Jonathon really did throw his bottle into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia, it made an incredible 28 year journey to reach the shores of Croatia.
The bottle traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Alboran Sea, around the boot of Italy and then made its way through the Mediterranean Sea, the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea before it was swept away into the Neretva river, and finally landed on the coast of Croatia.
The bottle was found by a group of surfers who were cleaning a local beach.