Unfortunately for those kids, they don't have much time to play video games. Classic project. There are so many possibilities to cluh your directions for similar projects, such as a bulletin board.
It would have been exciting if the bottle had come in from England or India, but according to the message, it had message in a bottle amv hell dropped into the Little Egg Harbor Inlet only four hours before, on the same day. That was less than ten miles away. Whoever did it hadn't even bothered to check yk tide tables before tossing the bottle into the sea.
The tide brought the bottle inland, into messags bay, not out into the ocean.