Washington State Marine Debris Task Force - January 30, 2013

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Marine debris item found in Seaview being examined

SEAVIEW, WASH. – State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the 2011 tsunami.

The cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item. View photographs on Flickr.

As a precaution, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife official will check it for potential invasive species. A Washington Department of Health official examined the cylinder Tuesday and, as expected, found no radioactive contamination above normal background levels.

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Media Contact: Virginia Painter, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, (360) 902-8562, Virginia.Painter@parks.wa.gov.

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