If someone nowadays were to send a message in a bottle, it would probably just get mistaken for trash in the sea

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Actually messages in a bottle are pretty common nowadays a lot of people make it a hobby of searching for and writing back. I read an article once that said that the average message in a bottle is in the ocean for a few months before being found. On the other hand im sure a good amount of messages get lost in garbage patches or picked up by cleanup efforts.


Truckers do messages in a bottle all the time. When on the road, they fill up a bottle and chuck it out the window. But usually the message is pretty short. In fact, most of the time it’s just “p” or a number 1. It’s a really inefficient way of communication.


Not if there’s a DIY recipe in it


I actually found a message in a bottle when I was about 8 or 9. So about 25 years ago. My dad used to take me to a local beach now and again, build fires, hunt for cool stones.. Beach stuff. I have no idea how I seen it, or even glanced at it for more than a second before determiming it was just a washed up plastic bottle, but I picked it up and realised there was something inside. I shout my dad over, we open it, there’s a letter and a coin. It was written in French, which neither me or my dad knew at the time, but he recognised the coin as French. So this message came from France, to Scotland. I told my teacher next time I was at school and was then forced to go round every class in the school and explain what I found. It made me wish I never found it. Classrooms full of kids just staring at me while I unenthusiastically explained the story. A teacher at school translated the letter for me, so I wrote a reply and sent it to the address on the letter. Some time later I got a letter in the post, the guy that sent it (from what I remember) was so happy that someone had found the bottle he threw into the sea. After I got a reply, I put his letter back into the bottle and threw it back into the sea, maybe someone else in some other part of the world found it too. Weird thing was, he had almost an identical (but French version) surname as me.


I would consider it trash in the sea. It’s mind boggling to think what percentage are ever recovered, and how many bottles spend eternity somewhere in the ocean