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Possible Boat From Japanese Tsunami May Have Landed At Ocean Shores

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There have been many reports of debris from the March 2011 tsunami reaching the Pacific coastline of the United States. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

There have been many reports of debris from the March 2011 tsunami reaching the Pacific coastline of the United States. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – A 3-year trek seems to have ended for a small Japanese boat. Authorities found the boat covered with marine life on a beach at Ocean Shores.

Charles Wallace, deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, said there appears to be Asian writing on the boat. Officials are contacting the Japanese Consulate in Seattle for help to identify it.

Crews from the Department of Ecology are concerned there could be invasive plants or animals on the vessel.

A spokeswoman says a similar boat washed up last week, but it had no identifying markings.

While tsunami debris is the top suspect, officials note boats of this kind had reached Washington beaches even before the natural disaster struck in 2011.

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