World of the Bizarre
Live fish found in tsunami debris
By T.K. Randall
April 7, 2013 · 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
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