Organisms ride debris to the US – Boston.com
As a result of last year’s tsunami, a portion of a large, floating dock made its way from Japan to Newport Oregon carrying with it, a diverse marine fouling community. Unfortunately, the article is riddled with mistakes. For example, Spartina is not a “ropey alga” but rather a vascular plant, common in salt marshes. However, Gayle Hansen, a research phycologist, was quoted as having seen Undaria pinnatifida (a.k.a. Wakame) on the float. U. pinnatifida has not been reported in Oregon but is considered invasive in California.