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Hundreds of organisms hitch a ride from Japan to Oregon on waves of plastic trash

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 30, 2017 01:03 AM
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by (Lacy Cooke) last modified Sep 29, 2017

Japanese marine animals have made their way all the way to the United States with unlikely help from plastic garbage. The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan dumped debris into the ocean, and now, several years later, scientists have recorded almost 300 marine animal species from Japan showing up in Hawaii and North America, riding on hundreds of crates, buoys, vessels, and trash. Scientists didn't think organisms passively drifted on debris across the ocean, according to marine scientist...





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