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21-meter-long dock found in Oregon is tsunami debris

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if it's entirely made of concrete and metal, how does it float?

Just do a bit of arithmetic. It floated because it's bigger than 165 tons of seawater. Evidently there's some empty space inside.

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They'll probably have to blow it up.

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That starfish must have been scared shitless.

It most likely grew a sixth arm, entirely filled with gonads.

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I hope the TSA got the starfish's fingerprints!

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Ocean going vessels have been transporting critters on their hulls & in balast tanks for ages.

They are supposed discharge & refill to minimize moving critters across the globe, some do, some dont, its hardly a new problem

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How many new species are swimming to North America as we speak?!?

Swimming? Not so many. Hitching a ride? Maybe quite a few...I hadn't really thought about that, and how it could be a problem.

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That starfish must have been scared shitless.

I was thinking it would have been happy to take a trip and see the sights...try some new food maybe...

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That starfish must have been scared shitless.

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"A starfish native to Japan was among the marine life still clinging to the structure after the long voyage, Havel said."

How many new species are swimming to North America as we speak?!?

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Scanning it for radiation when the plaque on it says it came from nowhere near Fukushima? Obsessive waste of money and time.

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are they expecting japan to go and pick it up? hard to tell...hmmm

No, the Oregon authorities are going to figure out what to do. They also probably want to minimize any invasive species issues first.

The plaque has been put in storage. It was not yet determined whether the dock would be towed off the beach and floated somewhere for disposal, or cut up on the beach for removal.

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While this is newsworthy,it is the tonnes and tonnes of smaller debris that make up the huge pile floating to the west coast.it will require a massive cleanup effort in the near future.....

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are they expecting japan to go and pick it up? hard to tell...hmmm

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papigiulio, it's not going to come unnoticed that fast, but I know what you mean. We are going to get news like this more often now.

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It's shaped like Noah's Ark. That rectangular shape must help to make it seaworthy.

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HUGE. imagine swimming and this thing comes right at ya. scary moment.

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Jan, a ship is made entirely of metal, how does it float?

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It’s made of concrete with a metal pontoon

Jan, check out the meaning of pontoon

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“This is tsunami debris, not just from Japan, but from the tsunami itself,” Havel said.

Strange way to say that

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Havel said the department would be responsible for removing the barge

I think you mean "dock"?

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if it's entirely made of concrete and metal, how does it float? must have some buoyancy tanks attached as well?

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That is a huge piece of debris to make it all the way to Oregon intact.

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Wow, I hope that people out of curiosity dont hurt themselves trying to climb all over it. Amazing what will float across the ocean.

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