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    Scientists are particularly interested in the organisms that could be living on objects from Japan reaching the west coast.

    "At first we were only thinking about objects like the floating docks, but now we’re finding that all kinds of Japanese organisms are growing on the debris," John Chapman of the Marine Science Center at Oregon State University told Fox News.

    "We've found over 165 non-native species so far," he continued. "One type of insect, and almost all the others are marine organisms … we found the European blue mussel, which was introduced to Asia long ago, and then it grew on a lot of these things that are coming across the Pacific ... we’d never seen it here, and we don’t particularly want it here."

    The worst-case scenario would be that the trash is housing invasive organisms that could disrupt the local environment’s current balance of life.

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