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When Justin Greene threw his message in a bottle into the ocean while on vacation in Newfoundland, he didn’t think someone would actually find it. But, as fate would have it, someone did find it–someone all the way in the U.K.

Upon his grandfather’s suggestion, the 12-year-old Ottawan tossed a plastic bottle with a little message and his number in it off the cliffs of Cape Spear, the most eastern tip of Canada, last August. Truth be told, Justin did it for the heck of it ’cause he knew with an ocean this big, there was no way the bottle could make it out.

“I didn’t think anyone would find it,” Justin said to CTV News. “I just thought it was something to do for fun.”

Then, six months later (two weeks ago), something weird happened. His father Brian Greene got a call from someone in the U.K. claiming to have found Justin’s little message in a bottle. Confused, Greene put the phone on hold and asked his son what this was all about.

“Justin kind of screamed with delight and ran over to the phone,” he said.

The man on the other end of the phone line, Angus Macintyre, told Justin that his bottle landed on the shores of a small island called Alderney, in the English Channel. The little message-in-the-bottle-that-could travelled an astonishing 3,642 kilometres in just six months.

“I was really excited. I was surprised and I was mostly not aware of how far it went!” Justin said. “It’s crazy. It’s just crazy.”

Want more? Catch the whole story about Justin and his little message in a bottle in the video above.