When Brittney Wood, 20, dropped a message in a bottle in the Atlantic Ocean near her home in Long Beach, Long Island on May 7, she wasn’t sure if it would ever be found. So, of course, she was shocked to get a phone call one month later from Russ Wiseman and his wife, who had found the message off the west coast of Florida during a vacation on Sanibel Island.
But what was most surprising about the bottle was the fact that it traveled nearly 2,000 miles in a mere month. An oceanographer from Stony Brook University claimed that the journey, based on standard ocean currents, should have taken years.
When a California resident, John Buckel, dropped his bottle off the coast of Portugal, it took five years to travel to the British West Indies, approximately 3,800 miles, according to an ABC News report.
Wood’s message in a bottle mystery is nothing short of unusual and she says it’s a lesson that anything is possible. Wiseman threw the bottle back in the ocean near the Gulf of Mexico with Wood’s contact information still intact.
She says she will wait to see if someone else calls.