The mystery is just about over. That big hulk of sea-going repair dock that ran aground at Agate Beach two days ago has been positively identified as from Japan. There is Japanese writing on it and it appears from its serial number that it was probably jarred loose from its moorings from a bay north of Tokyo. State Parks is trying to contact its owners to determine when the dock went missing. If they can find that out, we might be able to figure out whether the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami threw it out to sea, and aimed it this way.
Observers say there is an amazing amount of sea life clinging to it, sea life that will be lucky to live since only at high tide is the 70 x 20 x 12′ concrete and steel floating dock gets refloated. Which way the dock drifts will be a function of which way the wind is blowing at high tide when the dock is lifted off the beach. We’re in for higher than normal tides this week so who knows where it’ll end up.
We’re awaiting additional word from State Parks, which should come sometime Wednesday. In the meantime, park officials say it’s okay to walk around the dock but please refrain from touching it or climbing on it. It’s also carrying what may prove eventually to be invasive species native to Japan that our local oceanographers would prefer not being given landfall on the North American continent.