|The boat after it was washed ashore and flipped over in Westport, Washington. [Photo: WDFW]|
The boat, which was 22 feet long and covered in gooseneck barnacles, the giant barnacle Megabalanus rosa, ten species of algae, and at least one species of oyster, did have Japanese writing on it, which informed investigators that the boat was called the 'Dai Jyu Hachi Ei-Fuku-Maru', or the "18th Prosperous Fortune". None of the organisms were alive.
|The boat's inscription reads "第18 栄福丸" [Photo: WDFW]|
The boat is in the process of being cross-checked with the Japanese Consulate to determine whether the boat is in fact JTMD. However, the organisms present have led biologists at Oregon State University to believe that the boat is tsunami debris.