09 Jun '12, 2pm

Invasive Species Carried by Floating Dock from Japanese Tsunami

jcmayk /CC BY-SA 2.0 Newport Beach, Oregon On World Oceans Day , a study just published by Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center reminds us of the amazing power of oceans. The OSU marine biologists have been studying a 20-foot long concrete and metal dock that was pushed out of Japanese waters by the tragic tsunami which stuck last spring, and which has been pushed by ocean currents all the way to the coast of Oregon. Survival "Mind-boggling" The dock throbs with life. Passers-by examining the huge piece of debris during a local news video of the floating dock can be overheard exclaiming, "look at the claws coming out on that one." OSU reports that biologists have already collected "4-6 species of barnacles, starfish, urchins, anemones, amphipods, worms, mussels, limpets, snails, solitary tunicates and algae" from the dock.John Chapman, an OSU marine inv...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/invasive-spe...

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