The BBC film crew took video of Tsu and interviewed
Aquarium General Manager Keith Chandler.
One of the Aquarium’s recent acquisitions has received
international attention. The unique story of the Striped
Beakfish who rode four thousand miles across the Pacific
from Japan to the United States in the debris from the
2011 Japan tsunami piqued the interest of the UK’s BBC.
Nadege Laici, a researcher for the BBC Natural History
Unit in Bristol, England, brought two crew members to
the Seaside Aquarium this September to film the welltraveled
fish and interview the General Manager, Keith
The Striped Beakfish in question was discovered in the
bait box of a Japanese fishing boat that washed ashore
in Long Beach, Washington last March. Striped Beakfish
typically live on coastal reefs in the waters of Japan,
Korea, and Taiwan. Dubbed 'Tsu', (after the tsunami
that carried it here) the beakfish has been on display
since April. After its two-year journey, Tsu now lives a
life of leisure, eating local delicacies like razor clams and
salmon in the Aquarium’s only heated tank (kept at 55
Tsu will be featured in a BBC documentary called
"Nature's Weirdest Events".