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Mystery disease turns Oregon's sea stars to goo (Along with Creatures on Both Coasts)
Live Science via FoxNews ^ | 6-11-2014 | Jeanna Bryner

Posted on 06/11/2014 7:36:50 AM PDT by equalator

Until now, Oregon was the one state along the U.S. West Coast essentially spared from the disease. "The percentages we saw last week, they were as high as 40 to 60 percent of the population that's showing signs of wasting," said Bruce Menge, a marine biologist at Oregon State University, who is studying the wasting disease in Oregon.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: seastars

"The percentages we saw last week, they were as high as 40 to 60 percent of the population that's showing signs of wasting."

Well, it's not Fukushima, because it's on both coasts-- weird

1 posted on 06/11/2014 7:36:51 AM PDT by equalator
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To: equalator

Let me guess, it’s due to global warming. They are finding changes in sea water temperatures, or pollution in the water, to cause this.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 7:37:50 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et o)
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To: equalator
wasting disease in Oregon

Starfish AIDS

3 posted on 06/11/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: equalator

4 posted on 06/11/2014 7:46:04 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: from occupied ga

Starfish are asexual..............They gave themselves AIDS?................


5 posted on 06/11/2014 8:01:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Red Badger
Starfish are asexual

Not entirely. They also have sexual reproduction Probably caught it off the sebastian road beach in Ft Lauderdale.

6 posted on 06/11/2014 8:21:14 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Or they got it in San Fransicko...................


7 posted on 06/11/2014 8:23:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: equalator
It is Fukushima. Much of the material initially released when unit 3 exploded was airborne. It comes down in the rain. The is a constant 300 tons of contaminated water flowing over the melted cores and into the ocean each day. EPA scintillation counters show 200 to 700 counts per minute of cesium 137 in the air across the US.
8 posted on 06/11/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Red Badger

Starfish are gendered, although they do reproduce asexually. Generally they gather in groups and release their gametes into the water where they pair up with gametes from an opposite-sexed starfish, but some species brood their young. Increased water temperatures and acidification may not be the problem here like it is for other calcareous organisms - they compensate calcium loss by growing more flesh. Anyway, Pisaster, the genus effected by whatever is killing these animals, is a keystone species and their loss will be devastating to the intertidal environment - they keep mussel populations in check (which uncontrolled destroy diversity) and act as nature’s garbageman.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT by stormer
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To: equalator
Check the map at NETC
10 posted on 06/11/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: stormer

we’ll need to eat more mussels.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 8:54:03 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Myrddin

” EPA scintillation counters show 200 to 700 counts per minute of cesium 137 in the air across the US.”

Link please.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 9:43:24 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Myrddin

“Check the map at NETC “

Which shows no Cesium-137 data and only shows background counts.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 10:27:49 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

The current counts on the map are channel 5 data for counts in the Cs137 gamma range. Background for Cs137 was zero before 1945.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 12:50:53 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

“Background for Cs137 was zero before 1945.”

Fukushima was in 1945?


15 posted on 06/12/2014 9:15:20 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: JRios1968

16 posted on 06/12/2014 9:16:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TexasGator

The first nuclear detonations on earth occurred in 1945.
Cs137 is a man made fission product. Fine wines bottled
pre 1945 have no Cs137. It is detectable in wine after
that date.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 9:23:10 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

That is why it is erroneous to state that the cpm are from Fukushima.


18 posted on 06/12/2014 10:09:07 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

Your turn. Show the historical levels of Cs137 from
1945 to the current time and try to discount Fukushima.
Enough unsubstantiated naysaying.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 11:31:27 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

“Your turn. Show the historical levels of Cs137 from
1945 to the current time and try to discount Fukushima.
Enough unsubstantiated naysaying.”

EPA trending shows no spike in gamma radiation over US due to Fukushima. Readings are listed as background.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 5:39:21 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

EPA gamma network plotted over time.

21 posted on 06/12/2014 7:33:35 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

Nice plot. What does it mean?


22 posted on 06/12/2014 7:48:04 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator

The trend is up since Fukushima. An average of 309 CPM
in the gamma range is not normally occurring background
radiation from common mineral deposits.There are daily, monthly and annual cycles visible, but the average trend
is up.


23 posted on 06/12/2014 8:07:49 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

“The trend is up since Fukushima. An average of 309 CPM
in the gamma range is not normally occurring background
radiation from common mineral deposits.There are daily, monthly and annual cycles visible, but the average trend
is up.”

Your plot shows no uptrend. It does not specify CS-137.

It is not normally occurring background ... it is from bomb-testing.


24 posted on 06/12/2014 8:18:46 PM PDT by TexasGator
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