It’s such a romantic idea. You’re strolling along the beach, taking in the smells, sounds and colors, when something alien catches your eye. At first glance it looks like trash that has washed ashore, but as you creep closer it transforms into so much more. You have just stumbled across a half buried glass bottle with what seems to be a piece of paper inside. You have just found yourself a real life message in a bottle.
Finding a message in a bottle on a deserted beach in the Caribbean may seem like a unrealistic fairy tale, but it happens. It happens a lot more than you think. I’ve read that the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are some of the best places to find these ocean time capsules. People walk certain windward beaches on these islands daily and can find several bottles a week. I believe it has something to do with a looping ocean current from Africa that turns north right where Antigua and Barbuda are located.
Can you imagine finding one of these bottles, opening it, and looking at note that was written years, if not decades earlier and in a different language? I don’t know about you, but that would be a story I would be telling for some time.
Enjoy today’s Photo Friday and let us know if you’ve ever stumbled upon a message in a bottle. All us Castaways would love to hear your story!
Photo credit goes to Antiguan via flickr.
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