However, earlier this week, a vessel that appeared to be an artifact of the 2011 tsunamis was found in Oregon by a fellow biologist and colleague, Jeremiah Psiropoulos.
Jeremiah encountered the vessel while working in a particularly important wildlife area- a critical habitat area for western snowy plover. Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) are particularly cute little sea birds that have been listed as 'threatened' under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 1993. Oregon's sandy shores and coastal dunes are essential nesting and breeding grounds for this bird. In order to minimize impact of tourists, media, and other visitors in the area, the boat was immediately removed.
|Nesting pair of western snowy plover [Photo: westernsnowyplover.org]|
I interviewed Jeremiah about his find, which I will share with you below. My questions are in italics, and Jeremiah's answers are in plain text.
Did any thoughts immediately come to mind when you came up the vessel?
|Gooseneck barnacles and other invertebrates covered the vessel. [Photo: Jeremiah Psiropoulos]|