OCEAN PARK, Wash. — In just the last few days, several boats, and other pieces of debris have washed ashore. Experts say the barnacles covering the debris leads them to believe they are from the Japanese Tsunami.
The boats were towed to a yard at the Washington State Parks office in Ilwaco. They will be inspected for invasive species and identifying features that can trace them back to Japan.
The man who towed them, George Hill of Hill’s Towing in Ocean Park, said he is confident they are from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. He also said he was told to expect more. Hill said the Coast Guard told him there are four or five more boats just a short distance offshore. He added that the increase in big debris like boats and docks is accompanied by hundreds of pieces of small items like Japanese water bottles, floats, buoys and trash.
Experts also say that if the debris IS from Japan, they expect much more is to come by weeks end. For now the boats pulled this weekend will be examined by the Washington State Parks Office in Awako. There, they will be examined for invasive species and marking to confirm their origin.
The Long Beach Peninsula has had some steady winds out of the west lately and that usually increases the debris, according to Hill.