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Message in Bottle Returns after Traveling 16,000 km

The second message in a bottle, thrown into the ocean on the coast of Iceland more than a year ago, has turned back toward Iceland after traveling more than a 16,000 km (9,900 mi) distance in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s expected to reach land today or tomorrow, RÚV reports.

Just before noon today, it was located 40 km east of Djúpivogur.

The man behind the project, Ævar Þór Benediktsson, who normally goes by the name Ævar, the scientist, jokingly remarked, “Just like the [Icelandic] manuscripts, they find their way home.”

The science project is a cooperation of Ævar and the engineering firm Verkís. The two bottles thrown into the ocean from a helicopter close to Reykjanesviti lighthouse on January 10 of last year didn’t include messages alone, but also GPS equipment, enabling numerous enthusiasts to follow their travels.

After traveling about 14,000 km (8,700 miles), the first one reached shore on the Scottish island Tiree on January 16 this year.

“People all around the world are following this,” Ævar remarked, among others a journalist from BBC, who has covered the issue. The itinerary of the bottles has surprised those who follow them. “Predicting ocean currents is easier said than done,” Ævar admitted.

“Based on the first prediction, both the bottles were supposed to land in Norway. Then that changed a little; they went to Greenland and took the course toward Newfoundland; then one of them ended up in Scotland and the other one is returning home.”

You can follow the bottle’s travels here.

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