Photo by CNN staff.
By CNN Staff
"They've been romanticized in movies and songs, but many people really do send messages in a bottle.
Chad Pregracke has found 64 of them, accumulating what he believes to be one of the world's largest collections.
The 2013 CNN Hero of the Year stumbled onto them while cleaning up the country's rivers. Since 1997, he and volunteers of his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters, have removed more than 7 million pounds of debris from U.S. waterways."
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