Tsunami shifts 300 species of sea life

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

12 The deadly tsunami that struck north-east Ja­pan in 2011 has car­ried al­most 300 species of sea life thou­sands of kilo­me­tres across the Pa­cific Ocean to the west coast of the United States.

In what ex­perts are call­ing the long­est mar­itime mi­gra­tion ever recorded, some 1 mil­lion crea­tures made the 7,725km jour­ney on a flotilla of tsunami de­bris.

“This has turned out to be one of the big­gest un­planned nat­u­ral ex­per­i­ments in marine bi­ol­ogy – per­haps in his­tory,” said John Chap­man, who co-au­thored a study of the crea­tures in the jour­nal Sci­ence.

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