Coastal Marine Fishes of California

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•A new report released by researchers from Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station finds Bluefin tuna caught just off the California coast tested positive for radiation stemming from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Radioactive Cesium was found in 100% of the tuna caught. Cesium itself is not safe and most people would be smart to not consume tuna from the Pacific Ocean. The question unanswered is whether the cesium is going to continue to accumulate, and can it be spreading to other species of fish.

Reports on the effects on seals seem to have been delayed. The test results from the University of Alaska’s study of radiation in seals have not been released and seem long overdue. Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the damaged Fukushima Nuclear plant, stated that local rock trout contained 510 becquerels of cesium per kilogram. That is the most ever detected in any fish and about 5, 100 times the safe limit. Tokyo Power wanted to comfort anyone concerned and decided to put up a net to guard contaminated fish from migrating out of the disaster area. The idea of an already overwhelmed company whose business is nuclear science trying to grapple with catching runaway fish with nets may be somewhat disconcerting and peculiar, rather than comforting to most people.

Making people feel comfy about the leaked radiation appears be an industry in itself. Don’t Worry, Inc. seems to be developing quite a few press releases. The World Health Organization (WHO) two years ago put out an early bulletin stating that “although emergency workers had some of the highest radiation exposure, they had yet to demonstrate acute radiation effects. The only effects that are expected in this group are possible thyroid disorders in those few workers who inhaled.” The early WHO statement was supposed to be reassuring, almost identical to their response to Chernobyl, a similar disaster in Russia.

The nuclear industry may have been the ones that felt most comfortable by the WHO’s initial statement.

However, a few years later it is hard to hide the fact that 42% of 52, 000 tested children near Fukushima have thyroid nodules or cysts. This is far more diagnosed cases than was seen after Chernobyl. . In 2001 only 0.8% of Japanese children had thyroid abnormalities.

Surprisingly, officials still do not want to make a strong link to the nuclear industry, and suggest that “maybe there is just too much iodine in seafood, and that the kids eat too much seafood.” The blame is now going to the fish, who at this time have not yet hired a public relations firm for a proper response.


Invasion coming!!!!

2012-04-26 17:14:46 by Pet_The_Snake

Scientists: Giant cannibal shrimp invasion growing
(seriously)
An invasion of giant cannibal shrimp into America's wall street appears to be getting worse.
Researchers from the U.S. financial Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa - their high) reported Thursday that sightings of the massive Asian tiger shrimp, which can eat their smaller cousins, were 10 times higher in 2011 than in 2010. wtf?
“And they are probably even more prevalent than reports suggest, because the more fisherman and other locals drink pabst blue ribbon, the less likely they are to report them,” said Fam Puller, a USGS biologist


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