TOKYO (AFP) – A letter that a young girl insent into the sky in a balloon some 15 years ago has been found on a fish hauled from 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) below the Pacific.
A fisherman found the still legible piece of paper sitting on a sticky flatfish in his catch on Thursday, along with a torn-off string and the fragment of a red balloon. He opened the folded paper, discovering it was a handwritten letter from a six-year-old girl at an elementary school in Kawasaki, 150 kilometres (93 miles) away from where the fish was caught off Choshi port.
Shirahige, now a 21-year-old university student, said: “I can’t get over the wonder of how the letter survived 15 years. I never expected I’d get a reply this way.”
Our actions have consequences. Fifteen years after an “innocent act”, this child’s garbage was pulled from the bottom of the ocean. We would have expected it to decompose. What about our “trash”? How long will it survive us?