Amid the depressing BP disaster, here's a happy story about something dumped into the ocean and washing up on Florida's shores.
Seven months ago, Dick de Bruin, a Royal Dutch Navy sergeant stationed in the Dutch territory of Aruba, was salvaging an anchor from an American World War II ship that was to be used in a monument. De Bruin's bright-red Nikon camera, protected in a waterproof case, floated away.
According to the Telegraph and the AP, six months later, Paul Shultz saw what he thought was a rotten tomato floating near rocks in a Key West marina. After a closer look, he realized, underneath a bunch of sea muck that had collected on the case, it was actually a digital camera. Amazingly, the case had protected it and Shultz was able to view the contents of the camera. The only problem was finding out to whom it belonged.
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Shultz posted pictures on a scuba diver message board, and they were identified as being taken in Aruba. He then posted on local message boards, and one woman recognized a child in a photo, de Bruin's son, as being a classmate of her son.
The camera was then returned to de Bruin.
However, on its way from Aruba to Key West, the camera encountered an angry sea turtle. A carrying leash connected to the camera got caught on one of its fins. It apparently tried to take a bite out of it but instead hit the record button and captured a five-minute video. The video, believed to be taken two months after the camera went missing, has been uploaded to YouTube.