Japanese Tsunami Fish Find Home At Oregon Aquarium

The fish were found in a boat hull that drifted across the Pacific Ocean.

This banded knifejaw was found in a boat hull along with 20 Yellowtail Jacks. Photo by Oregon Aquarium

Several fish that came across the Pacific Ocean thanks to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and were discovered in a derelict boat hull made their way into the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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These yellowtail jacks came across the Pacific Ocean in a derelict boat hull that drifted for nearly five years. Photo by Oregon Aquarium

A single banded knifejaw fish (Oplegnathus fasciatus) and 20 yellowtail jacks (Seriola lalandi) spent three to four years in the hull of a Japanese boat that drifted in the ocean until it found its way to the Oregon coast. Of the 20 jacks, six perished soon after arriving at the aquarium.
The boat was intercepted off the Oregon coast and towed into Yaquina Bay, where the fish and other species were offloaded from the boat, which was then sent to a dump.

The fish had gill flukes and were malnourished, but aquarium staff were able to successfully treat most of the fish. They were also fed to get them healthy again.

The banded knife jaw, which is native to Japan was placed in the aquarium’s California Kelp Forest exhibit, while the yellowtail jacks, native to much of the Pacific Ocean, have found a home in the aquarium’s Open Sea exhibit in the Passages of the Deep.

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