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Scientists Test Sick Alaska Seals For Radiation
msnbc.msn.com ^ | December 27th, 2011 | By Bill Rigby

Posted on 12/28/2011 11:34:52 PM PST by Razzz42

Experts not sure if woes, from hair loss to bloody lesions, tied to Fukushima nuclear plant.

SEATTLE — Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska's Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals' fur coats. Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: fukushima; radiation; seals
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1 posted on 12/28/2011 11:34:56 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: justa-hairyape

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3 posted on 12/28/2011 11:44:59 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Razzz42
Anyone ever see a partially white crow before ? This was spotted in Iwate Prefecture Japan. His wings are partially white.


4 posted on 12/28/2011 11:51:32 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: dragnet2
Oops. Looks like I got a image copyright violation. Sorry about that. The crow image above was from a blog. Privately taken image.
5 posted on 12/28/2011 11:53:07 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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Looks like it will be a self correcting problem.

Blood in the water will attract sharks, sharks will clean out the affected seals.

Sharks may die, or not, depending on the true cause of the sick seals.

Nature cleans up more efficiently than man does.

Too many seals around these days anyway, visit almost any west coast dock and view the damage for proof.


6 posted on 12/28/2011 11:54:28 PM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: Loyal Sedition
The seals are just a symptom of the problem. Never saw the importance of sharks in the ocean ecosystem, until I was corrected by a biologist about them. They are the cleanup crew for this sort of thing, if it is disease related. If it is radiation related, will be very bad news. All the animals the seals are eating are the source of the radiation. Fish, squid, crustaceans and mollusks. Can easily see how the mollusks and crustaceans are concentrating the radiation. These seals however are fairly far from Japan, so perhaps it was the fish and squids. Otherwise, it would require radioactive rain falling near Alaska.

Darn. looks like I struck out twice on images for this thread.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 12:05:08 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will release their findings in mid February on samples and studies taken from the Pacific near and around Fukushima fallout. They already said since the melted reactors are still leaking radiation into the environment it will be difficult to quantify the collective damage as it is still adding up.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 12:32:58 AM PST by Razzz42
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To: Razzz42
They recently discovered radioactivity in nori seaweed from Tokyo Bay. There were claims that Japan was dumping radioactive material into the Bay, but no proof. Quite frankly, have read a lot of material from Woods Hole and Scripps over the years, and they both played their parts as AGW shills. So I do not trust anything they do now. Unfortunately, it will be up to private citizens testing food from the Pacific. One such citizen in Japan recently got some geiger counter hits on a fish being offered for sale in a Japanese market.

Heck with Iran going nuclear, North Korea already nuclear, along with the number of nuclear plants we currently have running that could be Tsunamied, we will probably be living with radiation for quite awhile.

9 posted on 12/29/2011 12:49:58 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

At first the US was reporting fallout from Fukushima, at least universities were, State of Washington was getting heavy fallout at first. The snows in the California Sierras was full of it then it made it way to the east coast in certain areas esp. during storms then onward to Europe.

Then the EPA decided it wasn’t going to test sea water or collect air data for analysis, just about the time the head of GE went on the government payroll. Everything is hush hush now.

Japanese government wouldn’t even let imported Geiger counters past customs during the early stages of the meltdown. Then, Greenpeace was about the only source of readings from Japan and they had to be bootlegged onto Youtube. Arnie Gundersen got the bright idea to have Japanese volunteers send air filters from their vehicles for analysis. That showed Tokyo was a hot bed of fallout at the time.

Governments just playing coverup. Yes, Woods Hole is suspect but Greenpeace was the only other private researcher to try to do sampling and was runoff by the Japanese navy. That leaves Scripps Institute of Oceanography as a reputable researcher but haven’t heard much from them.

I forget which researcher(s) said fallout more than likely floated down to the ocean floor like snow where the food chain starts and normally thrives.


10 posted on 12/29/2011 1:49:53 AM PST by Razzz42
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What a disaster in the making...maybe.

This may have an impact all the way up the food chain.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 2:26:24 AM PST by CSI007
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To: Razzz42

They have found significant contamination on the seafloor near Fukushima. And yes Greenpeace has an instrumental role to play, since this is an environmental catastrophe. But unfortunately, I have read a lot of tripe from that organization over the years also. According to them most of the Coral Reefs in the ocean should be dead soon due to Global Warming caused bleaching. They corrupted a lot of good scientists. But since Japan is a slightly capitalist nation, they will no doubt investigate as much as they can. It is just depressing reading tripe coming out from the leftists that insinuate nuclear power is a capitalist construct. Its as if the old Soviet Union and the old French socialists, never ever existed.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 2:40:13 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Razzz42

Naw. It’s from fracking.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 2:44:12 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Razzz42
Additional info. They have apparently ruled out a virus and are now waiting for radiation testing. Also now affecting the local Alaskan walrus population. The walrus do not appear to eat fish. They mainly eat anything on the bottom. Looks like the bottom feeders may be the first ocean organisms to die from long term radiation contamination. Still awaiting test results. Or perhaps the sanitation of the test results :<

Alaska To Test Sick Seals For Radiation

14 posted on 12/29/2011 3:15:01 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Razzz42

There were numerous seal fatalities on Cape Cod (MA) this summer. The rumor was that a virus was responsible.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 4:10:43 AM PST by Makana
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To: Razzz42
From a British paper.....

Seals with damaged flippers and hair loss 'are being killed by radiation from Fukushima plant', biologists warn

16 posted on 12/29/2011 4:15:46 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: mewzilla
Meanwhile.....

TEPCO to raise electricity rates for business customers

17 posted on 12/29/2011 4:23:20 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: justa-hairyape
"They have apparently ruled out a virus and are now waiting for radiation testing."

Rather early in the game to rule out a virus. Usually takes weeks for results. Whereas, radiation testing will make a determination within minutes of firing up a Geiger counter. If it's so bad that it's killing them, those seals should be glowing in the dark by now.
18 posted on 12/29/2011 4:40:14 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey
Rather early in the game to rule out a virus.

I agree. Plus, if it were radiation, there would be fishes and other fishing eating mammals and sharks being killed too.

My money is on the virus......

19 posted on 12/29/2011 5:00:23 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Santa missed my house again....or maybe he's stuck in the chimney. I'll go look.......)
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To: Razzz42

Good post. Imho, it could be radiation or a virus that’s killing the seals as there are not enough facts to determine the cause at this point...

That being said, you raise important points about how this whole catastrophe in Japan was handled not only by the Japanese, but by governments and official agencies world wide. A corrupt, calculated coverup and obfuscation of the facts.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 5:09:26 AM PST by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: PowderMonkey

The first dead seals started showing up back in June/July. We are only hearing about it now because the locals demanded radiation testing. Otherwise our glorious leaders would have swept it under the rug. This is Alaska. One of the 57 US states.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 5:10:19 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

I’m old enough to remember how the media went wacko over Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. And I’m wondering where all the MSM’s hysteria has been. Why this nuclear nightmare is getting such different treatment.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 5:13:58 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: khnyny
A corrupt, calculated coverup and obfuscation of the facts.

And the only reason the world wide public has accepted nuclear power plants in their neighborhoods, is because the government was supposed to insure the safety of the plants. Our corrupt governments have failed us miserably. And it is not the first time. Nor will it be the last.

You wont believe the latest. Apparently a design flaw caused the initial hydrogen explosions at Fukushima. It should have been caught in testing and certification. And apparently a lot of their old plants have the design flaw.

"Now They Tell Us" Series: NISA Says Reactors 1 and 3 Explosions May Have Been Caused by Vent

23 posted on 12/29/2011 5:17:26 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: mewzilla
Because of the Big O.

O-b-a-m-a

The GE wonder King.

The Wall Street Backed King, who hates Wall Street.

The Same Wall Street King who supported the Revolutionary Occupy Wall Street Movement.

The King who wears no clothes.

24 posted on 12/29/2011 5:22:46 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Razzz42

I wonder if it could be heavy metal poisoning from said disaster.


25 posted on 12/29/2011 5:23:42 AM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: justa-hairyape

Forgot to add, that the reason the locals demanded radiation testing, is because the Alaskan Eskimos actually eat seal meat. They probably wanted to know if it was still safe to eat.


26 posted on 12/29/2011 5:33:42 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape
Because of the Big O.

Naw, thats dumb. Its because the Japanese are still able to control the flow of information, unlike here. They clamped down on this hard, and the fact that it was in the midst of a national disaster made it easier.

27 posted on 12/29/2011 5:36:56 AM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: Paradox

Good point. My guess is they are going to blame Hydrazine which the Japanese reportedly pumped heavily early on into units 3 and 4. Hydrazine is extremely toxic to sea mammals. What the G Men probably wont acknowledge, is that Hydrazine also absorbs I-131.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 5:37:44 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Razzz42

I recently had my radiation survey meter repaired and calibrated by www.KI4U.com

Now I can check my seafood and seaweed in the store.


29 posted on 12/29/2011 5:43:39 AM PST by darth
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To: Paradox
All the important information we are getting is coming from the Japanese. Their blogs are the source of the info. Their government tried to clamp down on information, but they failed. You would not believe how strongly the Japanese government was trying to clamp it down. American MSM is not reporting any of that. Or only reporting what they are forced to acknowledge. Obama is a nuclear power supporter. It was part of his clean and green energy strategy.

Document shows high-profile nuclear experts under Japan gov’t surveillance

Note - That above link is to an anti-nuke site. They frequently over hype situations, but you can find decent breaking news there sometimes. Also, some of the reports there are straight Google translation of Japanese and are very difficult to read.

30 posted on 12/29/2011 5:47:15 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: darth
Might not be easy to test in a store. There is a Japanese video at the link below that shows testing of a fish in Japan. That person had to wait awhile for the reading to peak. Do not know why. All new to me. Do not even have a meter myself.

Radioactive Fish From The Grocery Store

31 posted on 12/29/2011 5:58:20 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: darth

Germany has allowable radioactive readings for wild boar meat sold to the public. Guns are outlawed their but government approved hunters shoot wild boar but need to carry a Geiger counter to initially check the kill and a butcher checks it again. Wild boar root out mushrooms which have an affinity for absorbing radioactive fallout on the forest floor.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/01/radioactive-boars-mushrooms-chernobyl_n_843498.html


32 posted on 12/29/2011 9:55:49 AM PST by Razzz42
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To: Razzz42

These days if that sickness is not caused by Fukushima, it is a consequence of global warming.


33 posted on 12/29/2011 12:58:48 PM PST by J Aguilar (Fiat Justitia et ruat coelum)
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To: J Aguilar
They have been promoting the warmer water equals more disease line of reasoning for quite a few years. However, the far Northern Pacific waters have been colder then normal since the summer.

If the current trends continues, the entire North Pacific might turn colder then normal.

34 posted on 12/29/2011 4:30:14 PM PST by justa-hairyape
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