There are a few things about this day and age that, when we look back, will stand out as quintessential signs of the times. Netflix. Smartphones. Pokemon Go! These are all classics of the current age. But one icon will stand alone in its popularity: the GoPro. A symbol of our love for technology combined with our love for adventure, these small and stunningly high definition cameras offer a glimpse into worlds we normally wouldn’t be able to witness. A skydiver in freefall. A scuba diver at depth. A surfer tackling a monster set. We can now feel like we are there through the incredible footage captured by these cameras. However, because people love to take them on dangerous voyages, GoPros are prone to escape from their owners, only to be found, sometimes years later, with some of the most amazing footage. Here are just a few cases…
GoPro found in water with intact footage of a crab selfie
Seems like everybody is getting into the selfie craze these days. Even crabs are mugging for the camera. Take this story out of England. At a lake in Hamworthy, Poole, a man and his family were out for a relaxing day of fishing when they reeled in something completely unexpected. The plastic housing was cracked and covered in barnacles and the camera had been compromised by the water, but the SD card was intact. What the fishing family saw when they played the video was mostly uneventful, until a friendly little crab wanders over to see who the new guy in the lake is.
Lost GoPro Found 2 Years Later With Stunning Footage of Grand Canyon From Space
Finding a camera with footage from the bottom of some lake is cool, but this is epic. Stanford University students launched a weather balloon with a GoPro attached to it in 2013. However, because of technical difficulties, the students lost track of the balloon. Two years later, a hiker in Arizona found the camera, complete with footage that is out of this world.
GoPro found on Gold Coast
This story really brings home the analogy of a modern version of the proverbial message in the bottle. A couple taking a stroll along a beach in Australia found a GoPro just lying in the sand. Upon watching the footage, they saw another young couple surfing, playing with sea lions, and snowboarding, they knew the owners would want their memories back. They posted on Facebook and other social media but so far no one knows the identity of the mystery couple.
Mystery footage found on long-lost GoPro camera
Here’s another story of an unidentified GoPro owner. A man from Southern California discovered a lost GoPro in the waters of the Pacific Ocean in 2014. The amazing part was that the date stamp on the video footage is from 2009. That’s five years that the memory card stayed underwater and still was able to be read. Beyond that, the footage showed two young women surfing off Ventura Point. As with the previous story, the women are clearly recognizable.