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A small boat that authorities believe to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami washed ashore Monday morning along the coast at Ocean Shores, Wash.

Charles Wallace, deputy director of the Grays County Emergency Management Department, said the Japanese Consulate in Seattle was helping identify the boat and decipher the Asian inscriptions on it. Ecologists are concerned about some of the species of marine life inhabiting the boat, so a marine debris task force was called into action, he said.