Dock from Japan tsunami washes ashore in Oregon
Concern over traveling debris
- Duration 3:05
- Date Jun 7, 2012
Concern over traveling debris
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-- tons of debris from last year's massive tsunami in Japan are beginning to arrive on US shores take a look at that thing.
That is a huge dock ripped away by the pounding waves.
It has floated 5000.
Miles give or take a few washing ashore on a beach in Oregon.
Raising concerns -- a lot more debris is on the way and what is attached to the debris is also raising concern.
Fabian Cousteau is an accomplished ocean biographer and grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau and joins us now.
So you think about a -- floating across the Pacific it's a pretty monumental.
Accident if you want to call it that.
But it's the stuff that might be stuck on to the dock that has people like you.
Somewhat concerned sure -- the the problem is invasive species so when you have something like a dock which is twenty meters or 66 feet long wash up onshore from 5000 miles away.
It can bring a few hitch hikers along.
We have seen as someone well first of all that some of the attackers.
Might be okay in Japan but not necessarily you don't want them on the US Pacific coast where exactly I mean if you look at the -- Caribbean for example and the lion fish epidemic.
It's a similar.
A potential problem that we might have on the Pacific coast zebra mussels and move in a Great Lakes for instance exactly the -- what are they supposed to do with this thing I mean if it's got.
If it's got organisms.
Growing on it that maybe shouldn't be here what do they do.
I don't think we can do much once we've opened the -- The ball energy needs come out they're gonna -- and clean up the stock as much as possible and and either I reuse that or -- -- -- way to break it down but unfortunately.
Invasive species once they're let out into the wild have a tendency to take over.
We have seen -- and I think we have a map that shows you know some of this debris and how far it -- there -- the the ghost ship.
Was found off the coast of Alaska they finally scuttled that -- 2200 miles from northern Japan to the Aleutian Islands.
That's where we saw a Harley-Davidson.
A Japanese Harley-Davidson.
In -- shipping container.
Wash up on the beach.
That was in nine -- island Canada I should say.
There it is the Harley-Davidson probably nobody -- to be writing that one.
But soccer ball landed on Middleton island off Alaska.
The dock that we're just talking about landed in nine -- beach -- again we could be looking at a summer or years.
Of this stuff coming ashore -- absolutely I mean it.
You know this is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.
The the tsunami itself was devastating.
It took over -- and one point five million tons of debris into the ocean some -- it sank.
Some of it started floating across the -- A lot of it is gonna get caught up in this North Pacific -- -- to add itself to all the other plastic debris that's already out there.
And some of it comes all the way to this shore.
Fabian Cousteau thanks for sharing your expertise thank you very much and we'll be right back.