Ecological roulette”: Sea creatures hitchhike across Pacific on tsunami debris

Ecological roulette”: Sea creatures hitchhike across Pacific on tsunami debris


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

It is the largest and longest marine migration ever documented, outside experts and the researchers said. The scientists and colleagues combed the beaches of Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii and tracked the species to their Japanese origins…

Read Full Article; CBS News (09-28-2017)

Tsunami carried a million sea creatures from Japan to US west coast; Guardian UK (09-28-2017)
In what experts are calling the longest maritime migration ever recorded, an estimated one million creatures – including crustaceans, sea slugs and sea worms – made the 4,800-mile (7,725km) journey on a flotilla of tsunami debris…

Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived radionuclides from Japan to California; Pnas (05-28-2012)

Higher Levels of Fukushima Cesium Detected Offshore; WHOI (12-05-2015)

“Coming To A Beach Near You,” by Eddie Jarvis (10-04-2012)
One thing is for sure, the costliest natural disaster the world has ever seen isn’t over yet…

Coastal Care

Related Posts

Rising Seas Threaten an American Institution: The 30-Year Mortgage

Rising Seas Threaten an American Institution: The 30-Year Mortgage

Concerns surround around beach safety following 8-year-old boy buried by sand

Concerns surround around beach safety following 8-year-old boy buried by sand

Deforestation in Brazil Continues to Surge, Up 10.7 Percent in June

Deforestation in Brazil Continues to Surge, Up 10.7 Percent in June

Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for “multiple weeks”

Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for “multiple weeks”

SAF Video

Beach of the Month

Photo of the Month

Plastic Pollution

Sand Wars – United Nations-GEA

Sand Mining Detrimental Effects

The World’s Beaches

Coastal Care Junior

NASA – Fly along with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.