Unusual message in a bottle, likely from Cuba, washes ashore in Texas

By Rumi Samuel Published on April 14, 2021
Unusual message in a bottle, likely from Cuba, washes ashore in Texas

A message in a bottle likely from Cuba washed ashore near Port Aransas, Texas, officials say. The bottle was discovered Monday on a beach near Port Aransas, a city on Mustang Island in the Gulf of Mexico, officials say.

As written and posted by the ‘Mission-Aransas Reserve’ on Facebook, “Interesting message in a bottle found yesterday near Port Aransas, or should I say messages in a bottle. The letter appears to be from Cuba and is in Spanish. 35 pieces of paper look like receipts for tobacco products and then a full-page letter written on both sides of the paper. My Spanish isn’t good enough to tell if this is just a series of long instructions for a tobacco shop or if it’s an actual letter. It looks like the letter was written on May 5, 2020. Anyone want to translate this?”, it left everyone in curiosity.

Facebook users offer a wide range of explanations for the bottle — both serious and comical. One user suggested the bottle was part of a ritual or practice in Santeria, a religion with African origins developed in Cuba. Another suggested the writer released the bottle to “save the evidence.”

Another user joked: “It says they’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s warranty.” And one said that perhaps the bottle held a secret from the underwater world of SpongeBob SquarePants. “Ha, you fools don’t you know the crabby patty formula when you see it?” he wrote.

Mission-Aransas Reserve, a state and federal research and education organization, says the bottle included a Spanish letter that appears to have been written May 5, 2020.

Part of the letter says the money was stolen from a man named Alberto and mentions the stealing of illicit items, a lawyer, and a family conflict. Some paper pieces appear to show the writer jotted down other information, including dates, dollar amounts, and numbers. If the bottle were thrown into the water near Havana, it would’ve traveled at least 970 miles to reach the Texas shores.


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