Skip to comments.Scientists Test Sick Alaska Seals For Radiation
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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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.
Darn. looks like I struck out twice on images for this thread.
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.
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.
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.
What a disaster in the making...maybe.
This may have an impact all the way up the food chain.
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.
Naw. It’s from fracking.
There were numerous seal fatalities on Cape Cod (MA) this summer. The rumor was that a virus was responsible.
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......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wonder if it could be heavy metal poisoning from said disaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These days if that sickness is not caused by Fukushima, it is a consequence of global warming.
If the current trends continues, the entire North Pacific might turn colder then normal.