SCIENTISTS mapping the currents of the Irish Sea in the 1960s have had an unexpected addition to their research - after a dog discovered one of their research ‘drifters’ on a Cumbrian beach.
The red plastic disks were used by oceanographers from Bangor University to learn about the movements of the Irish Sea.
A third were returned in time for them to publish their research in 1968 - but this particular ‘drifter’ had remained lost at sea until it was discovered by Barney the dog on Silecroft beach.
But Barney’s owner David Russell, a retired salesman from Batley, was not surprised by the find - it’s the third they have discovered, following earlier finds of another device and a meteorological balloon.
He said: “There must be something about the currents that bring things to this beach. When I found this drifter it had just come in on the tide.”
A plastic tag attached to the disk asks the finder it before December 1968 to receive a reward of 5/- - the equivalent of 25p in today’s metric system.