World's Oldest Message in a Bottle Found on Beach
The nearly 132-year-old find was part of a larger experiment by German crews to track ocean currents.
On January 21, the Illman family and some friends were driving through a beach north of Wedge Island off the coast of west Australia, about 100 miles north of Perth. When the car got stopped by sand, Tonya Illman and her friend Grace Ricciardo decided to go for a walk.
Making their way back to their vehicle, they stopped to pick up some trash. Illman grabbed a brownish bottle with raised lettering, thinking it would make a nice addition to her bookshelf. (Related: "Here's Where the Ocean's Trash Comes From")
Back in the car, Illman handed the old-looking bottle off to her son's girlfriend, Bree Del Borrello, so that she could help her husband dislodge the car from