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Tsunami boat washes ashore at Gleneden Beach

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GLENEDEN BEACH, OR (KPTV) -

A boat that likely traveled halfway around the world washed up on Gleneden Beach on Tuesday.

The fiberglass boat is believed to be debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami. It's 30 feet long and appears to be a "specialty design for some type of commercial fishing," state officials said.

It is predominantly white with patches of blue bottom paint, and has a 4 by 12-inch Yamaha sticker on its side.

Biologists said they identified a Japanese acorn barnacle on the hull, as well as a large number of blue mussels.

State park officials intend to remove the boat late Wednesday afternoon. It weighs approximately one ton and is located about 200 yards from a beach access.

An excavation company out of Lincoln City is being brought in to remove the debris and safely dispose of it in a local landfill.

The materials on the overturned boat do not pose a risk, authorities said. Biologists Steve Rumrill and Justin Ainsworth with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have inspected the site, collected samples to identify the species, and given clearance to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff to remove the debris.

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