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Owner of GoPro that washed ashore on Sanibel beach sought

By Staff | Jun 22, 2017

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation sea turtle patrol volunteers were going about their morning, routinely looking for turtle crawls and picking up trash on June 6, when they spotted a GoPro west of Bowman’s Beach.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Program Coordinator and biologist Audrey Albrecht said they dried the GoPro water housing, as well as the GoPro HERO4, before pulling out the memory card. After putting the memory card into the computer, she said an assortment of videos surfaced of a family.

The memory card depicted that the family might have just purchased the GoPro and were testing it out. The last video that appeared on the card showed it was taken on Dec. 31, 2014, Albrecht said, which would mean the camera was in the water for more than two years.

After doing a little bit of research, she said the family shown throughout the photographs may be from Cape Coral. Some of the videos, Albrecht said, seem to be taken in a canal.

At one point, she’s guessing the GoPro was attached to a drone because of the water footage. The videos then turned black, which Albrecht is assuming is when it went into the water.

She said she would love to reunite the GoPro with the family because of the videos that survived the water for two years.

Anyone who knows who the family may be can email mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com.