Remember that time you lost a Drumstick lollipop down the back of your Gran's sofa in 1993, and then found yourself reunited with it again in 2014? Well, this incredible story is a little bit like that. Except it doesn't involve you, your Gran, your Gran's sofa, or a misplaced Drumstick lolly. Instead, this is the story of a fisherman who makes a surprising discovery, tells the internet about that surprising discovery and then watches as the internet goes above and beyond the call of duty in order to help.
Dan Rose and Madeline Rose were fishing in Hamworthy, Dorset, when they caught the unlikeliest catch imaginable. Instead of a fish at the end of their line, or an old leather boot, they found themselves looking at an old GoPro. The GoPro itself was damaged beyond repair, but rather remarkably the memory card was still in working order. The footage, which you can watch below, was recorded over 10 months previously and shows POV footage of a man jumping off a pier.
Upon hitting the water, the camera separates itself from the diving man and descends into the murky depths. The GoPro continues to record for a while until, out of nowhere, a crab comes over to investigate the camera. It's not entirely clear whether the crab is attempting to befriend the camera, impress the camera with its pincers, or just happens to be there coincidentally. But yeah, a crab shows up.
Anyway, after watching the footage back, the pair did what anyone would do in this situation. They uploaded the GoPro's video content to YouTube, and appealed to the internet for help in tracking down the owner. The video went viral and was viewed over 470,000 times in just 24 hours, before someone came forward in the YouTube comment section to claim they knew who's footage this was. A classic 21st century tale of loss, hope, and reunion on the internet. Gets you right in the feels, doesn't it?