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Fish hitches a ride to U.S. in tsunami boat

This striped beakfish is a long way from home. Usually found in Asian coral reefs, it's travelled 8,000 kilometres to the United States. Wildlife officials in Washington State found the unusual stowaway aboard a Japanese boat that's believed to have been washed ashore with debris from the 2011 tsunami. The fish appeared to have survived by feeding on marine life in a bait box in the boat. It's now being studied by scientists at the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon, where it's become a popular attraction for visitors. (SOUNDBITE)(English) KEITH CHANDLER, SEASIDE AQUARIUM GENERAL MANAGER, SAYING: "Actually people are pretty fascinated about seeing this fish and the fact that it came all the way over from Japan in the debris, so it has been a pretty cool event." The tsunami battered the northeast coast of Japan killing more than 19,000 people and sparking a nuclear crisis.

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