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, found east of the Shetland Island off Scotland’s northern coast, was among 1,890 released all at one time in a government experiment to map the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland, the BBC reports. 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 on Thursday that it is the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered, beating a previous record by five years, the BBC says.
Oddly, the old record was set by Leaper’s friend, Mark Anderson, who had found his bottle in 2006 while on board the same vessel, the Copious, the BBC reports.