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  • 8 April 2013, 10:40

Japanese fish crosses Pacific in boat

A fish native to Japan crossed the Pacific to the US in a small boat after the 2011 tsumani.

The fish, identified as a striped beakfish, survived the 5,000 mile journey aboard a drifting 18-foot skiff that arrived on the Washington coastline, reports ITN.

It was discovered in a bait box by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official while he was collecting samples of marine organisms from the beached vessel.

"People are pretty fascinated about seeing this fish and the fact that it came all the way over from Japan in the debris, so it has been a pretty cool event," said Keith Chandler from the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon, where the fish is now housed.

The striped beakfish, which is primarily found in shallow Asian waters, appears to have survived by feeding on other organisms in the boat.