After a 16-foot beam of a Japanese Shinto Shrine washed ashore in Oceanside in March, a very similar 14 foot object has now washed ashore in Florence. The wooden beam or kasagi appears to be the top part of another Shinto shrine- of which Japan has approximately 80,000- represents a spiritual relic for the Japanese culture. Even though not all Japanese citizens practice the Shinto religion, Shinto shrines are culturally unique structures that are found in many important natural areas across the country.
The kasagi beam washed ashore near the Siuslaw River this week. The Japanese Consular Office in Portland has been contacted, but the situation will likely be deferred to Jinja Honcho, the Japanese Association of Shinto Shrines.
|The 14-food red and black beam as found on a Florence, OR beach. [Photo: beachconnection.net]
Boat Covered in Barnacles Washes Ashore in Crescent City, CA
A 21-foot boat has washed ashore in Crescent City, California, making it one of the first larger objects to wash ashore south of Oregon. The boat is covered in thousands of pelagic gooseneck barnacles (Lepas anatifera), a common oceanic colonizer, giving it a very odd appearance.
|Boat covered in pelagic gooseneck barnacles [Photo: Humboldt State University]
|Lettering on the boat, which tied it to a high school affected by the 2011 disaster [Photo: livescience.com]
NOAA Updates Marine Debris GNOME Graphic
Finally, NOAA has updated the GNOME tsanami debris model for the first time since early March. As larger objects wash ashore on the west coast of North America, the projected critical mass of the debris moves towards US shores. Click on the map for a larger version on NOAA's webpage.