The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been discovered on a beach, sadly it doesn’t point to buried treasure.
A couple found the 132-year-old bottle as they were walking along a beach near Wedge Island, Western Australia.
One of the couple, Photographer Tonya Illman, said he said she picked up the bottle because she thought “it might look nice on display in my home”.
Inside the gin bottle was a note written in German and dated 12 June 1886. Ms Illman’s husband, Tim Illman, later helped translate the note.
The message in the bottle was one of thousands German seafarers threw into the sea, attempting to map the currents of the ocean. Once transcribed into English it included the date, name of ship and the vessel’s co-ordinates.
The previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days
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