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New Critters to Spot Along the West Coast

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The massive tsunami that followed a disastrous earthquake in Japan in 2011 swept five million tons of debris into the ocean. Much of it was not biodegradable, and items like glass-fiber boats, mooring buoys and plastic shards now swirl through the Pacific.

A 60-foot-long polystyrene and concrete dock was washed up in Oregon a year later, close to Oregon's State University's Marine Science Center. A biologist discovered that it harbored close to 100 Japanese species. It proved a harbinger of things to come....


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