Oregon Coast Tsunami Debris Update: Boat Removed, Sign Translated
(Gleneden Beach, Oregon) – Oregon officials have removed the Japanese fishing vessel that washed ashore Tuesday morning from Gleneden Beach, a central Oregon coast village between Lincoln City and Depoe Bay. (All photos courtesy ODFW)
The 27-foot derelict vessel was taken off the beach Wednesday afternoon via crane, but not before it had been shuffled around by the tide overnight. When found on Tuesday morning it was sitting upside down. Wednesday, it had been righted by the tide.
The boat has been thoroughly inspected and samples collected by ODFW biologists Steve Rumrill and Justin Ainsworth, and so far only a portion of the species clinging to the object have been identified. Most appear to be benign at this point. Some others are looking a bit more ominous.
After further evaluation, ODFW spokesperson Meg Kenagy said the boat poses a “moderate” risk.
“When the experts are done identifying them, we believe there may be 15 to 20 species considered invasive to Oregon,” Kenagy said.
This is why the boat was taken away as quickly as possible and then buried in a landfill nearby on the central Oregon coast.
“It's the stuff like docks and boats that have been in the water for a long time we have to worry about, not things like refrigerators and other debris,” Kenagy said. “If you go to Newport, lay down on one of the docks and reach your hand underneath, you'll pull up a bunch of creatures that have been growing down there for a long time. That's the kind of thing that was happening over there and that's what we're worried about.”
The origin of the boat has not been completely narrowed down. While definitely Japanese, Kenagy said officials “believe” it to be from the 2011 tsunami triggered by the Honshu earthquake. There is still the chance it is simply the usual Asian debris that washes in – although that is an ever-decreasing possibility at this time.
Kenagy said NOAA is working with the Japanese Consulate to help identify the ship.
“They have not been able to find a vin number yet, and we're not sure if it was reported missing or not,” Kenagy said. “But then not everything from the tsunami was reported missing.”
Luckily, the boat had not been around for long. Kenagy said the vessel likely washed up just hours before it was discovered. However, some local officials believe it was the same boat reported floating around the waters off Newport last week.
The boat was about 200 yards from a beach entrance, which created some access issues. It was taken away Wednesday by Drayton Excavation of Lincoln City.
Officials have translated the sign on the boat, a series of warnings and instructions about the gas tank. It contained phrases like “Tank's handling maintenance,” “Do not light a cigarette near the gas tank” and “Quality instructional and operations manual.”
More about the Depoe Bay - Gleneden Beach area.
More About Depoe Bay Lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST OREGON COAST NEWS STORIES
Scavenger Hunt on N. Oregon Coast Includes History and Trivia
Cannon Beach History Musuem holds a very family-friendly Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Contest on November 8 and 9. Cannon Beach events
Hatchery Holds Festival Near Central Oregon Coast
One hatchery close to the central Oregon coast hosts an open house on November 1. Waldport events
Oregon Coast Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ'a
Nature, beaches, wildlife, creatures, lodging, restaurants, science, things to do and see, more. Travel tips, kids
Oregon Coast Right Now: Translucent Critters and Battered Birds
A curious trifecta of odd science is happening on the Oregon coast right now, mostly thanks to all the heavy wave the region had earlier this week
Solar Eclipse Funky Facts. Odd Oregon Coast Sunset Science
This partial eclipse of the sun and what the sun generally does on the coast at the end of the day is just full of fascinating factoids. Weather
Partial Solar Eclipse Coming to North America, Oregon, the Coast
A monumentis moment in the sky is coming on October 23 with a solar eclipse. Science
World Class Celtic Group Performs N. Oregon Coast
Some world-class Celtic music is coming to the north Oregon coast at the end of the month, with the trio The Press Gang performing in Manzanita. Manzanita events
Silver Point, near Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast: Complete Guide
There are two halves to Silver Point, just south of Cannon Beach on the north Oregon coast
Central Oregon Coast Town Taken Over by Yachats Mushroom Fest
The central Oregon coast town of Yachats goes wild for the wild mushrooms in the area, with the Yachats Village Mushroom Festival. Yachats events
Big Waves Mean Oregon Coast Drama, but Some Warnings
Big, gnarly waves will be centerpiece on the Oregon coast this weekend along with plenty of dangers. Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats events, Florence
Passion and Humor Typify Duo Performing on Central Oregon Coast
Idaho-based Blaze and Kelly show up in Lincoln City on October 18. Lincoln City events
Time Lapse: Lunar Eclipse Above Oregon a Rousing Success
By all accounts, this morning's lunar eclipse and blood moon was a rousing success all throughout the state: from inland to the Oregon coast. Yachats events
Glass Float Ball Drops Begin Again on Central Oregon Coast
One more weekend of the art glass drops on the central Oregon coast and then it's the biggie: the famed and favorite Finders Keepers glass ball drops hit the beaches of Lincoln City events. Yachats events
N. Oregon Coast Calendar: Seaside, Cannon Beach, Astoria Events
Fall does not mean slowing down in the towns of Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach, where food festivals, history lectures, mushroom walks and live music and theater make the month sizzle. Cannon Beach events, Astoria events, Seaside events
N. Oregon Coast Town's Writer Series, Workshop and Flick Night
Numerous means of fun and entertainment are popping up at the Hoffman Center, including the Manzanita Writer Series, a nifty flick or two and a workshop on journaling. Manzanita events
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted