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5 Discoveries That Would Make Indiana Jones Proud

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US Navy 110314-N-XXXXX-003 Debris is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan

3. Items From a Japanese Bathroom

There have been a number of reports about the debris cast into the ocean by the devastating March 2011 tsunami in Japan. Citizen scientists have been engaging in floating archaeology to sight and gather debris. 1,000 miles east of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, crew members of the Sea Dragon have found a 150-foot-section of a boat, a soccer ball, a volleyball and a Bridgestone tire marked with the words “made in Japan.”

Ken Campbell and two other professional sea kayakers started the Ikkatsu Project in May to examine the islands off the coast of Washington, whose cliffs are “virtually inaccessible” by foot. A pile of lumber yielded the “lid of a potty-training toilet, a laundry hamper, a bottle of cherry-flavored cough syrup, several brown glass bottles and pieces of a washing machine marked with Japanese characters” — perhaps from a bathroom that was washed out to sea by the tsunami?

Photo of debris from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan via Wikimedia Commons

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12:21AM PST on Dec 5, 2014

woww nice 1

11:35AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

awesome

1:04AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

and a left handed can opener

5:08PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Thanks.

6:43AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

5 amazing discoveries indeed.
Which cause? Environment and wildlife? Archaeology?
I probably missed something.

4:24PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Very interesting. Thank you.

4:23PM PST on Nov 14, 2013

Very interesting. Thank you.

7:28PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

TY!

7:27PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

TY!

3:56PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

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