‘Ecological Roulette’ – Almost 70 Species Rode Tsunami Debris To Hawaii!!

Jellyfish, crabs, sponges, mollusks and more — nearly 70 species in all — have hitched a ride on marine debris to Hawaii from Japan since the March 2011 tsunami there, according to the lead author of a new study published in Science Magazine.

Jim Carlton, a marine sciences professor at Williams College in Massachusetts, said the finding is a “game-changer” that presents serious challenges to government officials who must protect aquatic resources that the state’s tourism-driven economy depends on — not to mention the overall health of fragile island ecosystems.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Debris from the Japan tsunami has also been washing ashore along the West Coast of North America. Over the past six years, scientists have confirmed that almost 300 species of ocean critters survived the roughly 8,000-mile journey.

Video showing aquatic hitchhikers riding plastic to Hawaii


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