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Washed up GoPro a modern message-in-a-bottle mystery

Monique Hore, March 26, 2017 6:00PM Herald Sun

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TUMBLING* off it’s owners head and into the salty ocean, a camera designed for adventure had the trip of a lifetime and lived to tell the tale, months later.

Five-year-old Harvey Taylor plucked* a GoPro camera, covered in sand and seaweed, from the water’s edge at Aireys Inlet on March 7.

“I’ve found some pirate’s treasure,” he said.

The modern day message in a bottle contained footage of American tourist, Kate, her friend, Sarah, and another mate at what appears to be Fairhaven Beach on the Great Ocean Road.

The mystery owners of the GoPro filming themselves before they lost the camera in the swell. Picture: supplied media_cameraThe mystery owners of the GoPro filming themselves before they lost the camera in the swell. Picture: supplied

The footage shows the trio* boogie boarding, shouting that the water was “so cold” and hoping that the footage “turns out cool”.

One of the mates even warned the others not to drop the camera.

But it was later knocked from Sarah’s head as she swam in shallow waves.

Remarkably* the camera’s memory card survived and what is contained painted a picture of a whirlwind trip across Victoria.

The tourists jetted* into Melbourne on January 3 before visiting the iconic Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet lighthouse and the Twelve Apostles.

The GoPro also captured a mesmerising* video as it rolled around and was sucked out to sea.

It was still shooting footage almost 20 minutes after falling from Sarah’s head.

Harvey’s family, including dad Chris Taylor, is searching for the owners to hand back the well-travelled camera.

Chris and Harvey Taylor with the hardy GoPro. Picture: Tony Gough media_cameraChris and Harvey Taylor with the hardy GoPro. Picture: Tony Gough

But it isn’t a GoPro’s price tag of up to $550 that’s motivating them. It’s the priceless photos.

“It’s a modern day twist on a message in a bottle. It’s a message in a GoPro,” Mr Taylor said.

“If I lost something like that I’d be gutted* that I lost all those memories.”

GLOSSARY

tumbling: falling

plucked: extracted

trio: group of three

remarkably: amazingly

jetted: flew

mesmerising: enchanting

gutted: really disappointed

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Lost Poster

Create a “LOST” poster (like you might normally see for a lost pet) for the GoPro, written as if you were the owner.

The poster should include important information like where and when the item was lost, what could be found on the memory card and who to contact if it was found.

Extension:

Think of three questions that the Taylor’s could ask someone who contacts them claiming that the GoPro is theirs that would prove that they are the true owner?

Time: allow 25 minutes for this activity

Curriculum links: English

Activity 2. Holiday memories

The GoPro contained precious memories of the owner’s holiday.

Think of a trip or holiday that you have been on and draw three pictures of memories from that time. Write a description to go with each picture.

Extension:

Try to capture the memory of your trip or holiday even further by deciding on a number one sight, sound, smell, taste and feeling from that trip.

Time: allow 30 minutes for this activity

Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts

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