University Of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

– University of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick (ZeroHedge, Jan 25, 2014):

Preface: Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed”

American sailors on the USS Reagan got really sick after having snowball fights with radioactive snow blowing off of the coasts of Fukushima.

University of Alaska professors Doug Dasher, John Kelley, Gay Sheffield, and Raphaela Stimmelmayr theorize that radioactive snow might have also caused Alaska’s seals to become sick (page 222):

On March 11, 2011 off Japan’s west coast, an earthquake-generated tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant resulting in a major nuclear accident that included a large release of airborne radionuclides into the environment. Within five days of the accident atmospheric air masses carrying Fukushima radiation were transiting into the northern Bering and Chukchi seas. During summer 2011 it became evident to coastal communities and wildlife management agencies that there was a novel disease outbreak occurring in several species of Arctic ice-associated seals. Gross symptoms associated with the disease included lethargy, no new hair growth, and skin lesions, with the majority of the outbreak reports occurring between the Nome and Barrow region. NOAA and USFWS declared an Alaska Northern Pinnipeds Usual Mortality Event (UME) in late winter of 2011. The ongoing Alaska 2011 Northern Pinnipeds UME investigation continues to explore a mix of potential etiologies (infectious, endocrine, toxins, nutritious etc.), including radioactivity. Currently, the underlying etiology remains undetermined [i.e. scientists don’t yet know what caused the seals’ sickness, but they think it might have been Fukushima radiation]. We present results on gamma analysis (cesium 134 and 137) of muscle tissue from control and diseased seals, and discuss wildlife health implications from different possible routes of exposure to Fukushima fallout to ice seals. Since the Fukushima fallout period occurred during the annual sea ice cover period from Nome to Barrow, a sea ice based fallout scenario in addition to a marine food web based one is of particular relevance for the Fukushima accident. Under a proposed sea ice fallout deposition scenario, radionuclides would have been settled onto sea ice. Sea ice and snow would have acted as a temporary refuge for deposited radionuclides; thus radionuclides would have only become available for migration during the melting season and would not have entered the regional food web in any appreciable manner until breakup (pulsed release). The cumulative on-ice exposure for ice seals would have occurred through external, inhalation, and non-equilibrium dietary pathways during the ice-based seasonal spring haulout period for molting/pupping/breeding activities. Additionally, ice seals would have been under dietary/metabolic constraints and experiencing hormonal changes associated with reproduction and molting.

Here are some pictures of the sick seals:

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Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

Many other West Coast animals have gotten sick. Scientists need to get to the bottom of what is making them sick, whether it’s radiation or something else.

2 thoughts on “University Of Alaska Scientists: Fukushima Radiation May Be Making Alaska Seals Sick

  1. Sickening. More so because of the media cover up.
    If our respective governments (sic) were more responsible then we would all be made aware of this creeping death, then, we could make whatever decisions that need to be made based on knowledge and professional guidance….instead, those aware few are fumbling in the dark facing ridicule from non conspirators.

  2. If our governments were not bought out and sold, it might save our species. As it stands, Fukushima is the biggest, most overwhelming elephant in the room. Not all the media blackout, lies, obfuscation or wedge issues will stop it’s fatal result.
    W’e are going to die very soon. Here in CA, we provide much of the nation’s food supply…..I was shocked to read how much……and our entire state is roasting under the third year of a vicious drought never seen in CA history. Plutonium was in our milk a month after the disaster, and our fool leaders dealt with the problem by shutting off the radiation monitors in Norway, Canada, and the US. Our beautiful Pacific Ocean was the source of food and livelihood of millions, now it is dying, and not safe for use. We are finally being told to keep our children away from our beaches, they are too radioactive.
    It is 5200 miles from Fukushima to San Francisco Bay. The Pacific is already dead over 3000 miles out from Fukushima. Oceans provide food and oxygen if they are alive, not if they are dead.
    Now, we have no cooling breezes that refresh us, no rain, nothing to promise more life. Soon, CA will be unlivable, yet greedy guts are out snapping up real estate at pennies on the dollar, sure they will get wealthy at the next recovery. Banks hold much of the real estate from foreclosures and reverse mortgages, and they want to unload as much as possible…….so no word is spoken that CA is going to die.
    As a fourth generation San Franciscan, I am offended by the corporate oligarchy that controls Japan and is trying to take over the US. For the US, it is too late, and Japan is dying, too.
    I remember going to the wharf and choosing what fish I wanted at the Exposition Fish Grotto…..My grandfather put him in business years ago…….so much of my family history is tied here since great grandfather came around the horn from Boston in 1849. It will die here, just as we all will.
    There is no place to go to escape.
    As a historian, I often wondered what caused great civilizations to vanish seemingly overnight. I remember standing in front of a pyramid built over 5000 years ago, and it was so well engineered, a business card could not be inserted between the stones…..
    Now, many of us will see first hand.
    The banking system has been hijacked, it will collapse, too. Social protections that we so took for granted will vanish. In the words of an old friend, we are going back to the trees, everything we built will be destroyed. Unfortunately, the trees will die, too.
    It all seems to work together some how.
    I lived in a coastal rain forest for 12 years here in Northern CA. I learned how big and alive this planet is, and how small our species is in the scheme of things. I realized there that the planet could wash us away as easily as we wash ants from a sink. And, thanks to Fukushima, BP Oil, and other corporate waste, it is doing just that.
    98% of all life that ever lived on this planet is now extinct. We are going to join them.
    Another corporate waste accident FYI just broke this morning.
    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/25/transcanada-naturalgaspipelineexpodesnearwinnipeg.html

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