While fishing in Poole, England, on July 5, YouTuber Francis Darracott caught something much more impressive than a big fish. He reeled in a lost GoPro camera.
"It was covered in barnacles and looked like it had been down there at least a year," Darracott said in his YouTube video. "Water had seeped through the housing."
But even though the camera no longer worked because of water damage, its SD card survived and still stored some interesting footage filmed on August 13, 2015.
In the video Darracott uploaded on July 7, we see someone wearing the GoPro try to do a flip off a swimming pier but the camera falls off. The device then sinks to the bottom of the ocean and hits the sand with a thud.
Apparently, the GoPro still kept filming for a full half hour, with sounds and sites of the ocean floor, including muffled voices of the swimmers trying to retrieve the camera. The tide flips the camera over and then a curious crab comes over for a closer look.
The crab hangs out with the recording camera, then waddles away. This might not be as exciting as the film "Finding Dory," but this oceanic video by the abandoned GoPro has already gone viral with almost 1 million views.
In the YouTube comments section, some viewers are claiming the video is fake and a marketing ploy by GoPro. Whether the clip is fishy or not, many uploaded videos exist on YouTube from found GoPro cameras that were lost at sea.
One video from 2011 shows footage from a camera that made its way to a reef at Kite Beach in the Dominican Republic. Another video, from 2015, shows cliff divers accidentally dropping their GoPro into the water. The device made its way to the bottom, clicking a few fish photos along the way.