A Perth family has found the world’s oldest known message in a bottle, almost 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, Australian experts say.
Tonya Illman picked up the bottle while going for a walk around sand dunes on a remote beach in West Australia.
Her husband, Kym Illman, said they found some paper in the bottle but had “no idea” what it was until they took it home and dried it in the oven.
Experts have confirmed it is an authentic message from a German ship.
The note in the bottle, which was dated 12 June 1886, was thrown into the sea from the German ship Paula, as part of an experiment into ocean and shipping routes.
Previously, the Guinness world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, between it being sent and found.