Emily Baines
Updated Jun 04, 2016 @ 11:11 am
Credit: Warner Bros.

There’s something so inherently hopeful about the sea: its incessantly rolling waves, their peaceful and repetitive murmurings. With the sea, anything can happen — and your message in a bottle, a romantic conceit if we’ve ever heard one — can find a home.

This is exactly what happened for 14-year-old Terra Gallo. Three years ago Terra was visiting her aunt in Monhegan Island, Maine, when she decided to send ten messages in a bottle out to sea.

“We thought there was slight possibility that someone would find them, but it was just a fun little experiment,” Terra told ABC News. “I don’t think we were expecting something this big to come out of it.”

And this past week, the sea answered. A fisherman in Spain — thousands of miles away from Maine — found one of her messages in a bottle, and decided to write back!

Hello Terra, the fisherman’s reply begins:

The note continues with his promise to add to the message in the bottle, with the hopes of them both hearing from someone else: “I hope you are as thrilled to receive this letter as I was when I found your bottle and I hope we’ll receive more answers when I return the bottle to the sea.

Terra was, unsurprisingly, thrilled to have found a new way to communicate with people around the world — even if it is undoubtedly slow and not always reliable.

“We all rely on internet and phones to communicate, but there are really cool ways you can reach to talk people and communicate with people,” she said.

Well, time for us to dry out that bottle of San Pellegrino and cast our own notes into the sea. Maybe someday we’ll get a reply!