Thanks to a California man, a digital memory card found its way home four years after a young girl dropped it into the ocean off a pier in Santa Cruz. Peter Govaars found the shattered, corroded remains of a digital camera in Aptos, California after it washed onto Hidden Beach following a March storm. Govaars pried out a still-intact memory card, rubbed it down with alcohol, repaired it, and realized that his computer could still read its images. “I was excited that these lost photos were viewable, and immediately started to wonder about the people in the pictures,” he told the Freeborn Times. The last photo on the card, a sideways shot of a sea lion, provided a clue. On June 15, Govaars posted some of the images to Flickr under the handle “DoYouKnowUs,” and enlisted the online community to help find the owners. Inside Edition and other media outlets got involved. Within a few days, the camera's owners, who wished to remain anonymous, were found.
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