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Scottsdale boy’s message in a bottle discovered
The Arizona Republic
Finding a message in a bottle is the subject of pop songs and Hollywood movies.
But one Scottsdale boy’s message in a bottle story is more about youthful innocence.
Jack Johnson, 12, went fishing with his dad, Dan, on a family vacation near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in October of 2008. The night before setting out to sea, Jack and the rest of his family were eating dinner at their hotel as images of the ocean danced in his head.
"I had been sitting thinking on the couch the night before, watching this movie about the ocean," Jack said.
So he asked his dad if he could take the empty wine bottle left over from their dinner on the impending fishing trip.
That night Dan and his son prepped for the journey. Jack wrote a note with his address and phone number included, put it in a sealable plastic bag and stuffed it into the bottle.
To complete his experiment, the next day Jack tossed it overboard, a couple of miles off the coast of Puerto Vallarta.
That could have been the end of the story, if not for a scientist who was doing ecological mapping and sampling on the uninhabited Isla María Magdalena, about 125 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the Pacific Ocean.
Peter Schaaf said he and some students found Jack’s message in a bottle when they were walking along the northwestern beaches of the island more than a year later.
The Canadian-based Drift Bottle Project attempts to paint a global picture of ocean currents.
The experiment puts notes explaining how to contact the project into empty beer bottles sealed with watertight lids. The bottles are dropped at various locations, mainly in northern oceans. Drop points are noted, many along the western coasts of Canada, the United States and Mexico. When a bottle is found and reported to the project, location information is added to a database for analysis.
He said a typical bottle journey is about one to three years with an average drift of 6 to 12 miles a day.
Carmack said since the project began in 2000, about 4,000 bottles have been deployed and about 150 have been reported back.
"People find these bottles and get really excited," Carmack said. "It makes you recognize you’re just a bottle toss a way from someone around the world."
There is something in us, I think, that drives us to send messages in bottles, to project ourselves, to reach out not just to the unknown place, but to the unknown person.
Perhaps this is a manifestation of our restless heart’s need to come to its place of rest.