UPDATE: Kugluktuk message in a bottle was dropped in Arctic Ocean

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It turns out the message in a bottle that Kugluktuk resident David Peter Norberg found on Aug. 11 was dropped into the Arctic Ocean by crew aboard the icebreaker Louis St. Laurent.

The Coast Guard Ship Louis St. Laurent dropped the message in a bottle that Kugluktuk resident David Peter Norberg found on Aug. 11. It was tossed overboard in October 2010, about 100 km from Kugluktuk. Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard photo

The bottle was released only 100 km from Kugluktuk, just southeast of Lady Franklin Point in October 2010, according to Humphrey Melling, a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), which oversees the Drift Bottle Project.

https://nunavutnews.com/nunavut-news/kugluktuk-man-finds-message-in-a-bottle-after-nine-years-and-thousands-of-kilometres/

Although the DFO’s office that organizes the Drift Bottle Project is based in Sidney, B.C., and the message inside was from a female student from that British Columbia community, the bottle was among a group loaded onto the icebreaker for dispersal in the Arctic Ocean.

It did take nine years for it to be located. The DFO reports that only one in every 25 bottles reported recovered. The others either sink, end up buried in sand, wash up in places where nobody visits, or leak enough that the note inside becomes illegible.

The unfound bottles eventually break down and become part of the marine environment, the DFO states.

David Peter Norberg holds the bottle and letter he retrieved on Aug. 11 from the shore along Hopitok Bay, approximately 65 km north of Kugluktuk. The message in a bottle was set adrift in 2010, approximately 100 km from Kugluktuk. photo courtesy of Leslie Klengenberg

 

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