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Ghost Ship From Tsunami Unwanted (VIDEO)

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A Japanese fishing boat lost in the Pacific Ocean after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was sighted March 20, 2012, drifting 150 nautical miles off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii near British Columbia, Canada by the crew of an aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol. (AP Photo/Canadian Department of National Defence via The Canadian Press)
A Japanese fishing boat lost in the Pacific Ocean after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was sighted March 20, 2012, drifting 150 nautical miles off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii near British Columbia, Canada by the crew of an aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol. (AP Photo/Canadian Department of National Defence via The Canadian Press)

When there's somethin' strange... floatin' in the sea... who ya gonna call?

Not the ship's owner.

According to The Telegraph, the owner of the "ghost ship" bobbing off the coast of Canada isn't interested in having the lost fishing boat returned. The paper notes the unidentified owner said in Japanese media he'd given up hope of seeing the boat again.

Though the vacant vessel remains afloat, in financial terms, it's a sunk cost; the owner's lack of interest stems from a high cost to retrieve the boat, Time notes, with the price to tow it into British Columbia only dwarfed by the effort for a homecoming to Japan.

First reports of the soulless schooner came Saturday, as the 210-foot-long vessel was spotted about 160 miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, near British Columbia, according to the Associated Press.

Officials issued a maritime warning about the ghost ship, as it could pose a "navigational hazard," according to AP, though it poses no environmental danger. However, further reports note that the listless boat is just the beginning of an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris floating toward North America, scattered by the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.