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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) An official from the Japanese consulate in Seattle has visited the home of a Port Angeles man to inspect a large black float he found near Neah Bay to determine if it's some of the first debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March.

People think it's a float from an oyster farm near Sendai. Arnold Schouten found it in December at an isolated beach near Neah Bay.

At the time of its discovery, Seattle oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham said it's the first piece of debris that could be identified as washing up on the West Coast from the March 11 tsunami.

The floats have since been found on Vancouver Island and the scientists believe they traveled faster because it sits on top of the water and caught the wind.

The consulate official, Tomoko Dodo, is sending her photos of the float and notes to Tokyo to be examined by experts.

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