A North Sea fisherman has set a world record by scooping up a bottle that has carried a message in the ocean for almost 98 years.
The bottle was found east of the Shetland Island off Scotland’s coast. It was among 1,890 released all at one time in a government experiment to map the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland. Only 315 have been found.
Fisherman Andrew Leaper, skipper of the Copious, found the bottle — which was set adrift in 1914 — in his nets in April.
Guinness World Records confirmed that it is the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered, beating a previous record by five years.
Inside each bottle, a postcard asks the finder to record details of the discovery and promises a reward of a sixpence.