The West Coast is beginning to see the debris from last year’s tsunami that hit the northern coast of Japan to start washing ashore. The biggest surprise so far was a large dock that just washed ashore at Agate Beach, Oregon. The dock has startled residents and has become the must see tourist item now at Agate Beach. The dock is 65 tons of concrete and steel measuring 66 feet long, 19 feet wide and 7 feet high. The dock managed to cross over 5,000 miles of open sea, and not hit a passing ship. Along for the ride were hundreds of millions of individual organisms, including a tiny species of crab, a species of algae, and a little starfish all native to Japan that have scientists concerned if they get a chance to spread out on the West Coast. A dozen volunteers scraped the dock clean of marine organisms and sterilized it with torches Thursday to prevent the spread of invasive species. Scientists expect much of the floating debris to follow the currents to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; an accumulation of millions of tons of small bits of plastic floating in the northern Pacific, tsunami debris that can catch the wind is making its way to North America. In recent weeks, a soccer ball washed up in Alaska, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle in a shipping container was found in British Columbia, Canada.
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