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Woods Hole oceanographer’s bottle found off Nova Scotia.

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BOSTON — A glass bottle released by a Woods Hole oceanographer in 1956 has been found off Nova Scotia.

The bottle was among thousands dumped in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1972 as part of a program by oceanographer Dean Bumpus to study surface and bottom currents.

About 10 percent of the 300,000 drift bottles have been found over the years. The latest find was made by a biologist who is studying grey seals off Nova Scotia. Warren Joyce found the bottle in January in a pile of debris on Sable Island.

Joyce said it was like “finding treasure.” He returned the bottle to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, including the location data sought by Bumpus.

His reward will come in 1956 standards: a 50-cent piece promised by Bumpus to anyone who returned the bottles.