Plastic junk brought invasive species to U.S. after Japan’s 2011 tsunami


Via The Washington Post

"[Japanese tsunami marine debris] ferried a lot of animals, as the scientists described in a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. During six years of study, from June 2012 to February, Carlton and his colleagues counted more than 280 species of Japanese hitchhikers on 600 pieces of debris. Most were spineless marine critters: sea stars, sea slugs, oysters, barnacles, mussels, amphipods, bryozoa and isopods."

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