Terrifying Sea Species Hitch A Ride On Tsunami Debris

Anyone else feeling queasy? The Oregon Parks and Rec employees have a stronger stomach than I.

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A man looks at the massive dock with Japanese lettering that washed ashore on Agate Beach Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Newport, Ore. It floated ashore on the beach after being torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year’s tsunami and drifted across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese Consulate official said Wednesday.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department photograph shows the heavy dock, measuring 7’ tall, 19’ wide and 66’ long.

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This photo, taken by the Oregon Park and Recreations Department Thursday, June 7, 2012, shows an exotic pink Japanese acorn barnacle attached to a dock float that washed up on Agate Beach Tuesday near Newport, Ore. State authorities are considering how to dispose of the millions of marine creatures that hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean aboard the dock float torn loose from a Japanese fishing port by the 2011 tsunami so they will not compound the problem of invasive species.

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This is an invasive species commonly known as “wakame”.

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And these are exotic mussels.

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Even the Oregon Park and Recreations Department knows the proper response is KILL IT WITH FIRE. Officially they briefly used low-pressure torches to sterilize the dock.

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