Woman Receives Reply 37 Years After Sending A Message In A Bottle

by : Poppy Bilderbeck on : 16 Sep 2021 14:28

A message in a bottle was found 37 years after it first set sail at sea, and a 9-year-old girl has since replied to its original senders.

Abbie Graham, from Keaau, Hawaii, had been visiting Paradise Park with her family in June when she came across the bottle.


Within it, Abbie found letters from a Japanese high school that had been sent more 37 years ago from more than 4,000 miles away. Earlier this month, she decided to reply.

GAZA, April 23, 2019 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian seals a bottle with a letter in it before tossing it into the sea, at Gaza's fishing harbor in Gaza City, April 22, 2019. Dozens of Palestinian youths in Gaza City have sent letters to countries around the world, demanding solution to their problems and the lift of Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip. These letters were written on Monday during an event held at Gaza's fishing harbor, before being sealed in small bottles and tossed into the sea. (Xinhua/Yasser Qudih) TO GO WITH "Feature: Young Palestinians toss bottled messages into sea to draw global attention to Gaza's plight" -PA

The letters, written in English, Spanish and Japanese, requested that whoever found the bottle write back to the Choshi High School Science Club, located east of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture.

While she could have got in contact via social media, Graham sent a letter back earlier this month in response to the bottle’s messages. Within her response, she drew a picture of her and her sister eating sushi.


Jun Hayashi, vice principal of Choshi High School, told VICE World News how delighted the students were to receive a response. ‘Though the high schoolers at the time have since graduated, it’s nonetheless been fun for current students,’ Hayashi said.

21 September 2018, Schleswig-Holstein, Fehmarn: A message in a bottle washed up on the beach. The storm front "Elena" sent the first heavy gusts of wind to the North Sea coast on Friday. -Frank Molter/DPA/PA ImagesPA

Mayumi Kanda, now 54 years old, wrote one of the original messages in the bottle and was contacted by the school when they received Graham’s reply, VICE reported.

On Wednesday, during a press conference, Kanda said how the response to her message brought back ‘a lot of nostalgic memories’ of being a high school student.


‘I’m very thankful to the girl who picked up the bottle, to my old high school for organising this project, and to everyone involved,’ she said.

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As part of the bottle-sending school activity, 750 bottles set sail at sea back in the 1980s. The experiment predicted that they would be carried north and east by the Kuroshio, which is the Pacific version of the Atlantic’s Gulf Stream.

Bottles have reportedly been found before, with messages being discovered in Japan, the Philippines, China and off the west coast of the US, according to VICE. 


However, the bottles suddenly stopped being discovered.

Palestinian children release plastic bottles after writing messages that says "It is our right to live in peace". At the port of Gaza City, children inserted messages inside plastic bottles and released them into the sea so they can "reach the world" one children says -SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA ImagesPA

Hayashi said that since 2002, the school hasn’t been aware of any new discoveries.

According to VICE, the oldest-known message in a bottle was found in 2019 on a beach in Western Australia, and was a whopping 132 years old.


It was dated on June 12, 1886, and the BBC reported that it had come from the German Naval Observatory, which had been testing German shipping routes.

Choshi High School has since stopped its experiment of sending messages via bottle over concerns around factors such as polluting the oceans.

Bottles are viewed as adding to marine pollution, with materials such as glass being difficult to break down, according to ocean conservationists. VICE also reported that the caps can pose risks to seabirds’ health.

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