Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found
BOSTON — It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.I don't know what's weirder, that after 58 years at sea the bottle only traveled 300 miles, or that after 58 years it was still intact. No word on whether the bottle was redeemed for the nickel deposit... Honestly, the weirdest part is that the bottles were released by a scientist studying ocean currents in the mid-1950s and found by a scientist studying seals in the 20-teens.
Nearly 58 years later, a biologist studying grey seals off Nova Scotia found one of the bottles in a pile of debris on a beach, 300 miles from where it was released.
It's funny how science changes over time. 58 years ago, putting a literal "message in a bottle" was a legitimate way of studying ocean currents. Today we have satellite imaging and GPS and a whole host of other technological advances for that. It's humbling to think where we started and how fast we got where we are.
No word on Gilligan, the Skipper, or the Howells, though...
That is all.