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Live fish found in tsunami debris

By T.K. Randall
April 7, 2013 · Comment icon 5 comments



Image Credit: Malene Thyssen
An unlikely stowaway has been found aboard a boat that washed up on US shores after the Japan tsunami.
A live fish was found on the 18ft skiff that is believed to have been carried all the way from Japan to the US mainland following the 2011 disaster. The boat was discovered on the shoreline of Washington state and it is the first time a live vertebrate has been found amongst tsunami debris. Over 5 million tons of debris was dragged in to the Pacific Ocean by the disaster and two years on it has still been washing ashore on a regular basis.

"These fish could have been originally from Japanese waters, or they could have been picked up going close by the Hawaii coast," said Allen Pleus of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The fish, which live off the coast of Japan and Hawaii, apparently made their way across the Pacific in a drifting 18-foot (5. 5 meter) skiff. Of the five fish that made the journey, one is still alive and is being kept at the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon.


Source: Live Science | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by QuiteContrary 10 years ago
Interesting. Not a way I've thought about an invasive species being introduced elsewhere.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Simbi Laveau 10 years ago
Wow. It's survived there for 2 years ! Or it was an egg when it ended up on the boat
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hilander 10 years ago
Amazing that fish is still alive. Guess it fed off the dead fish.
Comment icon #4 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 10 years ago
Five passengers set sail that day for a 3 hour tour then the weather started getting rough the tiny ship was lost.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 10 years ago
that's interesting news.but i don't see any problem here though.i don't think its that bad that some fish came here maybe they decided to come for a vacation here and decided to hitch a ride free ride lol one thing i could affect though is the animals that live there already like imbalance the natural order of the Eco system there maybe but other than that no harm done.


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