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Swept by tsunami, live fish found in US

world Updated: Apr 10, 2013 00:47 IST

Five live fish native to Japan were discovered inside a derelict boat in Washington State that is suspected to have been swept out to sea by the devastating tsunami in Japan in 2011, according to US authorities.

The five striped beakfish were stowed away in a water-filled bait box aboard a six-metre-long Japanese boat that washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwestern Washington said the state department of fish and wildlife.

When the devastating tsunami hit Japan in March 11, 2011 it dragged some 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese government estimates.

Most of this likely sunk immediately, but approximately 1.5 million tons floated away from Japan's coastlines.

A local resident found the boat on the beach on March 22 and brought one of the fish to Long Beach City Hall.

The fishes which might have survived on small organisms which was present in the water.

That fish is now being exhibited in the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon.