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'Drift bottle' launched in 1961 washes up near Boston

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June 19 (UPI) -- A message in a bottle launched from an island between the United States and Canada turned up 63 years later near Boston.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes said in a social media post that the bottle with a note inside was a drift bottle used to track surface currents.

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"Starting in 1922, researchers tracked surface currents by releasing bottles into the ocean, relying on people to let them know when and where bottles were found. This 'old-school' technology only helped researchers understand the recovery locations and dates," FOC Maritimes said.

The bottle, one of five launched in 1961 from Machias Seal Island, a disputed island in the Bay of Fundy, was found recently on the northern tip of Cape Cod.

The bottle contained a note promising a $1 reward if the finder reported the bottle's location to researchers. It was unclear whether the offer remains valid.

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