A four-year-old British girl threw a message in a bottle into the sea of Spain and she was stunned to receive a reply. She recently got a reply from a couple in Moscow.
Taylor Powell, a 4 year-old-girl, tossed the bottle in Santa Susanna near Barcelona. In the bottle, she put a picture of herself along with a note that read: ‘If you find this picture, please respond with a name of your country and a picture.’
She was simply amazed when her dad Ritchie, 31, recently received a text from a couple named Sasha and Alex. They found the bottle in Moscow’s Moskva River.
They sent back a photograph of Taylor’s not and the Google Map image showing their location. They also sent her a note signed ‘From Russia with love’.
Experts reckon that the bottle must have made the journey by sea and must have traveled for at least 5,000 miles across the Bay of Biscay, around the Shetland Islands and across the North Sea.
Ritchie said: ‘When I told Taylor someone had replied to the message, her face completely lit up. She was so happy.
‘I asked them to send proof and received a pin of their location to my phone. We were absolutely ecstatic.
‘We told Taylor her the bottle will pass by mermaids and sharks – for it to turn up in Moscow is magical for her. She’s so excited.’
Ritchie and Taylor, were on a four-day holiday to Santa Susanna, 37 miles from Barcelona. They were also joined by Ritchie’s girlfriend who helped Taylor pen the letter. The note included her father’s mobile number and read:
‘Hello my name is Taylor Powell, I am four years old and on holiday in Spain with my daddy.
‘If you find this picture, please respond with a name of your country and a picture.
‘Love Taylor xxx’
Ritchie said: ‘Taylor made a wish when she threw the bottle into the sea.
‘She kissed it and said ‘I wish I could be a mermaid’.’
The text that came back was accompanied by a picture of Taylor’s note held in a woman’s hand along with a Google Maps pin showing their location.
The text read: ‘We hope your holiday in Spain was great – from Russia with Love, Sasha and Alex.’
Dr Adrian New, a scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, says that it is totally possible for the bottle to reach the waters of Russia.
It must have traveled around Portugal to the Bay of Biscay and up to Rockall Trough, west of Ireland. It would then have floated around the northerly tip of Scotland to the Shetland Islands before it must have entered the North Sea.
From there, it would have transitioned to the Baltic Sea before arriving at Russia.
He said: ‘From Spain there is a generally northwards current called the Shelf Edge Current (SEC) which runs along the upper regions of the continental shelf break.
‘This is where the shallow shelf sea waters get suddenly deeper and plunge down typically from 100-200m depth to 4000m depths or so.
‘The SEC is usually in water depths around 500m or so.
‘This could take the bottle northwards along Portugal, around the shelf break in the Bay of Biscay, then up through the Rockall Trough west of Ireland, then up to the north of Scotland and Shetland.
‘Here it could then either turn southwards into the North Sea and possibly transit into the Baltic and then arrive in western/southern Russia, or it could continue north-eastwards along the north-western coast of Norway and from there arrive in Northern Russia.’
Source – Daily Mail