Its time for a TSUNAMI DEBRIS roundup, since the flotsam is landing (or still floating) all over the North Coast and beyond.
JIM FURNISH found the large upside-down boat dock (pictured) in Gearhart June 28. The stamps and writing on the tires are in Japanese.
JOANNE RIDEOUT was driving home from Tillamook recently, and thinks she saw a large chunk of debris floating in the ocean before it disappeared under the waves. I wonder whether it sank, or is still floating where no one can see it, just below the surface, she said.
KPTV Channel 12 in Portland reported that a 30- to 40-foot boat with Japanese writing, floating bow up, has been spotted about 1,800 miles off the Pacific Northwest Coast. Weirder yet, a large school of Dorado fish seems to be tagging along (http://tinyurl.com/bowboat).
The GRASS ROOTS GARBAGE GANG has already picked up loads of styrofoam off Long Beach, Wash., beaches, not to mention a truly creepy mannequin head (pictured, inset).
The Anchorage Daily News mentions a 24-foot fiberglass boat, the KAIHO-MARU (Pleasant Treasure), that washed up in Alaska. Even after being scraped and pressure washed, its really stinky, said one of the people who found it (http://tinyurl.com/stinkboat).
And it keeps on rolling in. To report debris, call 211 or the backup number, (800) SAFENET.