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Dock Washed onto Washington Beach Confirmed as Japanese in Origin

The 70-foot dock which was found washed ashore in a wilderness area south of LaPush, Washington, this past December 18 has been confirmed to be Japanese in origin, and presumed to be one of four docks from Misawa swept away during the tsunami there nearly two years ago.

Tests conducted by biologists confirmed that the sea life attached to this dock is native to Japan. So far, around fifty species have been identified. The dock has now been stripped of the 400 pounds or so of organic material it carried across the ocean and has been scrubbed with diluted bleach. As was done in the case of the Japanese dock which washed up at Agate Beach, Oregon, this past summer, crews transported the material they removed far enough inland to ensure that it would not survive to comingle with indigenous sea life. None of the invasive species that were found on the dock at Agate Beach have been found among the samples taken from this dock. Biologists will continue to study the samples.

The dock will be tested for radiation, although authorities expect it to be negative for radiation, just as the dock at Agate Beach was negative. State and federal officials will also determine how to remove the dock from its current resting place.

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