The weather did not disappoint but the waves brought in a surprise along this gorgeous stretch of beach near Ilwaco, Washington.
Although these surprises are quickly becoming more common. And our reporters talked to people who say other smaller debris is increasing, too, including things like bottles with Japanese writing on it.
These photos are from the Washington Parks Department and one of the experts there said the boat is covered in a type of barnacle that indicates the boat was in the open ocean for quite awhile. Now the Japanese Consulate is trying to track down the boats owner. Here are some more pictures. July 2012 Update: the Consulate located the boat’s owner and confirmed that the tsunami did sweep it away from the north part of Honshu Island. The owner does not want the boat returned.
If you see debris you think could be from the Tsunami, NOAA is tracking it and you can report it here. Meanwhile, the Japanese tsunami dock that washed up in Newport, Oregon more than a week ago is drawing thousands of visitors every week. I have a feeling this debris will boost tourism along the coast–not scare people off. We’ll see how it goes.