A Barnacle-Covered Mystery

Posted: April 9, 2013

By: Kaci Poor [The Times Standard]

Local scientists are crossing their fingers that a barnacle-covered boat found washed up about a mile outside of Crescent City on Sunday evening will become the first positively identified item from the March 2011 Japan tsunami to reach the North Coast.

”I've never seen anything like it,” said Humboldt State University geologist Lori Dengler, who spent Monday photographing, scrapping and collecting samples from the washed up skiff alongside National Weather Service spokesman Troy Nicolini.

”It really is an incredible sight,” Dengler said. “It looks like seafood pasta.”

The boat, covered in what appears to be thousands -- if not millions -- of gooseneck barnacles, drew a wave of attention to Del Norte County on Monday, said Public Information Officer and Sheriff's Office Cmdr. Bill Steven. 

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