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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tsunami Hitchhikers From Japan Now Swimming At Oregon Aquarium

Assistant Curator Evonne Mochon Collura observes a school of yellowtail jacks in the open sea display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. TOM BANSE / NORTHWEST NEWS NETWORK

Assistant Curator Evonne Mochon Collura observes a school of yellowtail jacks in the open sea display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The tsunami washed millions of tons of debris out to sea, some of which is still floating around the Pacific Ocean today.

Drifting tsunami wreckage began washing up on beaches on the Pacific coast in 2012 and a trickle is still coming in. Fish and other marine life from Japanese waters hitched a ride on some of the bigger pieces of flotsam.

Tom Banse from the Northwest News Network reports on some remarkable castaways now on public display at an aquarium in Newport, Oregon.

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