An Oregon State Parks news release indicates the broken boat was made of fiberglass and metal and was 16 feet long and 9 feet wide. It provided habitat for algae, at least one live crab, some mollusks, among other sea going critters.
Dr. Chapman said it appears that it is a Japanese boat although it has western numbers on the side. He said it’s common that foreign vessels have english letters and numbers. He said he gathered a number of species usually connected with Japanese Tsunami debris. Dr. Chapman also said it appears the boat was submerged for a time before floating back up to the surface where it began its long journey across the Pacific.
Dr. Chapman said it will take at least a week to positively identify the organisms found on the boat.
The boat was quickly taken away to a landfill where it will be deeply buried which will help lessen the chance of any invasive species aboard it from escaping to the great outdoors.