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Critters Crossed The Ocean After Earthquake

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The 2011 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami in Japan sent plenty of debris across the Pacific.  Boats, docks, and more ended up on Oregon beaches. 

And they were occupied; not by people, but by species unknown on this side of the ocean. 

How big an effect was it, and how common is "species rafting?" 

These questions are explored in a recent report by scientists at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University.  Nancy Treneman of OIMB and Jessica Miller and John Chapman from OSU visit with highlights.  

 

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