Message in a Bottle: Madelyn has been found!


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Woooo hoooo!

ABC11 News in North Carolina reports that Wyatt and his mom managed to track down Madelyn, whose message in a bottle Wyatt found on July 17th.

Turns out she’s 13 and lives just a few miles from Wyatt himself!

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Message in a Bottle Found: Seeking Madelyn!


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July 17th, 2017 was a big day for 10-year-old Wyatt Young! He was with his family at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, when he spotted a bottle with a note inside:

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Wyatt Young with his Message in a Bottle find. Photo: Jenny Young

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Tale


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I recently stumbled upon a story that is equally heartwarming and heartbreaking…

Off the coast of Massachusetts lies a small island, a world unto itself, called Thacher Island.

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Message In A Bottle Found: Seeking Socorra From Philly!


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On April 30th, 2017, a woman named Katie was walking the shores of Ocean City, Maryland, looking for shells when she spotted an unusual bottle in the lapping waves. Inside was a piece of paper!


The tiny scroll inside held a message that was very small, but somehow very big.

On the front side, just a name and a simple heart:


Hi. I am Socorra from Philadelphia, PA.

On the back, a spiritual declaration:


God will bless you know matter what.

With a message so short, and just a first name, it would be crazy to try to find the sender…right? But of course, my friends, crazy doesn’t stop us here at Message in a Bottle Hunter!

With your help, stranger things have happened

I say we spread the word about Katie’s find and try to connect with Socorra from Philly. Something tells me she would cherish this small miracle 🙂

1987 Message In A Bottle Found: “We Tried to Sail Away”–Help find the senders!


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Well, this is a weird one!

Enviro-crusader and “litter picker” Paul Southworth (I am a fan!) was recently out cleaning trash from Arastradero Lake in California–it’s nestled in the San Francisco Bay area. Woo hoo!

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Paul with his trusty litter grabber and bags of junk from litterpicking the O&W Rail Trail in Kerhonkson, NY.

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Message In A Bottle Found: Who Are The Men In This Photo?


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Manon van der Molen is the kind of person who picks up trash off the beach. Plenty of people get upset about plastic trash at sea, mucking up our beaches. But Manon? She actually does something about it.

“I hate all the trash in the ocean,” Manon told me. A kindred spirit! She has even volunteered with the Archelon Marine Turtle Protection Association.

“My kids are amazed by all the plastic in the ocean and do not understand why people do that. See–even kids understand!” Indeed. I think kids often understand these things better than adults. It’s obvious, even to children, that too many of us are not taking care of the ocean. But we could.

So, when Manon was walking the beach with her family–her husband and three kids–on May 5th, 2017, at De Haan, Belgium, she was picking up plastic trash. That’s a great way to help! And sometimes, among the trash, we stumble upon a little “treasure”–a reward for cleaning the beach, in the form of an unexpected human connection. A reminder, perhaps, that while most of what’s floating around in the ocean is simply trash that shouldn’t be there, still…maybe, just maybe, one in a billion or so pieces of flotsam can create an amazing and beautiful connection between strangers.

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1967 Message In A Bottle Discovered Inside Concrete Slab in Australia


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When you hear message in a bottle, I bet you think ocean. I know I do. After all, the most famous message in a bottle stories revolve around the sea…

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A&M Records cover for The Police’s single, Message in a Bottle.

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WWI Messages in Bottles from Australian Soldiers, Sent on Christmas 1915, Told of Female Stowaway


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New Year’s Day, 1916, three messages in bottles washed ashore right beside each other near Portland Bay, Victoria, Australia. Three!

All three bottled notes were written by Australian soldiers from New South Wales, sailing on their way to WWI. The incident, including the story of how one bottle was forwarded to the mother of the writer, was shared by the Koroit Sentinel and Tower Hill Advocate on January 22nd, 1916.

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Mystery Message in a Bottle: Ray from Philly has been found!!!


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Can you tell I’m excited?

RAY FROM PHILLY HAS BEEN FOUND! And guess what? He’s awesome.

Y’all, when I found this message in a bottle, I confess, I thought it was a hopeless case. The bottle was falling apart, and the writing was so faded I couldn’t see anything. I was bummed.

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The Coastal Postal Service of Scotland’s St. Kilda


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What if I told you that an entire community once used messages in bottles as their actual postal system?

Meet the Islands of St. Kilda.

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