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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am In Animals,News | 1 Comment

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Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima [1] disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation [2] – but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing boat thought to have washed out to sea after the tsunami struck the coast of Japan [3] has recently washed up on the Washington coast, and with it, a small striped beak fish that survived the 5,000 mile trip from Japan to the United States [4]!

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The small striped beak fish normally found in shallow Japanese waters was discovered in a bait box on the boat, where it fed off other organisms in order to survive the epic two year journey that ended in Washington state, The Guardian [5] reports. There is no reason to believe the fish is anything but healthy, and now it is something of a celebrity in Oregon, where it is on display in an aquarium.

Via The Guardian [5]

Screen grabs of the striped beak fish taken from The Guardian video [5]


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[1] Fukushima: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fukushima/

[2] involve worrying levels of radiation: http://inhabitat.com/fish-near-fukushima-found-to-have-the-highest-level-of-radioactive-caesium-detected-in-wildlife/

[3] tsunami struck the coast of Japan: http://inhabitat.com/7-3-magnitude-earthquake-hits-japan-causing-three-foot-tsunami/

[4] trip from Japan to the United States: http://inhabitat.com/pacific-garbage-patch-debris-japanese-tsunami/

[5] The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/apr/07/fish-2011-tsunami-washington-video

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