“Alarming” mass die-off of starfish in areas along Canada’s Pacific coast — “They’ve disintegrated, now there’s just goo left” — “Appeared to melt” — “Single arms clinging to rock faces, tube feet still moving” — Similar reports as far away as California (VIDEO)

Published: October 7th, 2013 at 4:15 pm ET


Canadian Press, Oct. 7, 2013: Vancouver Aquarium ‘alarmed’ at mass die-off of starfish on B.C. ocean floor […] aquarium staff don’t know just how far-reaching the “alarming” epidemic has been, and whether this and other sea star species will recover. “They’re gone. It’s amazing,” said Donna Gibbs, a research diver and taxonomist on the aquarium’s Howe Sound Research and Conservation group. “Whatever hit them, it was like wildfire and just wiped them out.” […] Aquarium staff don’t know the cause because they have had trouble gathering specimens for testing, as starfish that looked healthy in the ocean turned up as goo at the lab. […] “We’re just not sure yet if it’s all the same thing,” Gibbs said. “They’re dying so fast.” […] The collaboration came about after a graduate student collected starfish for a research project and then watched as they “appeared to melt” in her tank. […]

Global News, Oct. 3, 2013: […] starfish wasting or completely disintegrating ever since early September. “Now they are gone. They have disintegrated, and now there is just goo left,” says research diver and taxonomist Donna Gibbs. “So we are trying to see as much as we can really fast and get reports from divers in other areas to see how widespread this is.” […] “It is shocking to see them all dead. They are just gone. And, are they coming back? We want them back. B.C. is known for its sea stars. We have more species here than anywhere else in the world.” […]

National Geographic, Sept. 9, 2013: […] “It really struck a chord in other divers who were seeing it on Facebook and social media, both locally and as far away as California, who had been seeing similar things,” [marine biologist Jonathan] Martin said. […] Martin wrote to invertebrate expert Christopher Mah, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. […] he said: “(The starfish) seem to waste away, ‘deflate’ a little, and then just … disintegrate. The arms just detach, and the central disc falls apart. It seems to happen rapidly, and not just dead animals undergoing decomposition, as I observed single arms clinging to the rock faces, tube feet still moving, with the skin split, gills flapping in the current. […] we did our second dive in an area closed to fishing, and in absolutely amazing numbers. The bottom from about 20 to 50 feet [6 to 15 meters] was absolutely littered with arms, oral discs, tube feet, gonads and gills … it was kind of creepy.” […] Yet what’s especially alarming to Martin, Mah, and other marine biologists is the fact that this die-off might not be restricted to P. helianthoides or the northern Pacific. […] Fisheries and Oceans Canada is worried enough that they’ve asked Martin to go back out and collect samples for them to test in the lab. […]

Watch the broadcast here

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Published: October 7th, 2013 at 4:15 pm ET


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  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    I don't know how those divers stay in that water after seeing such a scene. Is it that they don't consider radiation as a potential issue?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    How many babies now look like this?

    Soon we will see the 'jellyfish' babies:

    "Lijon Eknilang of the Marshall Islands explains her experience with the effect of nuclear radiation…I have had miscarriages on seven occasions. On one of those occasions, the child I miscarried was severely deformed – it had only one eye…they give birth, not to children as we like to think of them, but to things we could only describe as "octopuses," "apples," "turtles"…"


    Global infanticide – of all species.

  • rnix rnix

    A canary in a coal mine…..We can now see our future manifest itself in the present. Once those rods go the atmosphere will be like the sea and we just like the sea creatures. Party or repent or do whatever makes you happy because the end is neigh. Me I am going to party like it's 1599.

    "Men at some time are masters of their fates:
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

    Shakespeare Julius Caesar

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Alarming species wipe-out!. Theyre almost gone! …I say Martin, do go back out there and get our prestigious labs some specimens! Wait! where in our guidelines does it say species extinction warrants tests? Should we test for radiation from the largest spill in world history?….no can do sir, our brains and our ethics sir…theyve turned to goo sir…. nothing left but goo, where once there were government authorities

  • razzz razzz

    I wonder if Hanford has anything to with this die off. The brunt of Fukus sea-bound plumes aren't suppose to hit N.A. shores yet. Maybe radioactive fallout runoff accumulating. Unless starfish are extremely sensitive to certain radiations, what are the other possibilities?

    I am reminded of the Bible's versions of the future since nowhere else is it mentioned in some kind of detail.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Hanford is far south of British Columbia, on the Oregon-Washington border, and the Longshore Current flows south, bringing all the Hanford radiation to California and points south.

      Fukushima radiation plume hasn't hit North America yet?

      "The Kuroshio Current and Oyashio Current collide off Japan's Pacific Coast. The Kuroshio Current is the world's prominent warm current and travels at a speed of seven kilometers per hour, slightly faster than a running adult. This strong flow reaches a width of 100 kilometers and transports 50 million tons of water per second,…"


      "Only about 1,300 feet (400 m) deep, the Kuroshio travels at rates ranging between 20 and 120 inches (50 and 300 cm) per second."

      "The remainder of the original flow continues east to split off the coast of Canada and form the Alaska and California currents."
      50 million tons of radioactive water, 100 kilometers wide, traveling 50-300 centimeters per sec. From Japan to Seattle is 7,713 kilometers, or 4,793 miles.

      It was all here within a couple of weeks, and hasn't stopped for over 2 1/2 years. It just gets denser and stronger.

      This won't stop for 8,000,000 years.

  • rockyourworld

    mandatory spay and neuter humans now, before it's too late

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      We are being 'radiologically' spayed and neutered. What's the hurry?

    • amberlight amberlight

      The elitist eugenicists *love* your plan, RYW—in fact, they are right on it as we speak—but they are the ones perpetuating the endless wars, genocides, pollutions, and destruction of ecosystems. Neither I nor my children or grandchildren are culpable for the toxic state of the world—and don't give me that crap about "if I live in a house or use a computer, etc.," because I live a responsible lifestyle and have taught my offspring the same.

      How about the 3rd world impoverished? Should they be neutered also? Oh, wait… they already have been, in effect, thanks to the toxic legacy of oil drilling and mining on their stolen lands.

      The "inconvenient truth" is that hypocrites like Al Whore (man of many mansions) deplete more resources and spew more noxious emissions in one month than my entire extended family does in a year!

      The human family needs a clarion call to action, not more state-sponsored incapacitation!

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    This article is definitely related:


    "Food is another pathway into marine organisms and “may be in some cases the most important factor in uptake,” Fowler said. Consumed radioisotopes are assimilated internally through the gut, potentially a far more efficient route than if they are absorbed externally from the environment. Marine invertebrates, such as bottom-dwelling starfish and sea urchins, are particularly proficient at absorbing a wide range of ingested radioisotopes, he said, but fortunately, they lose that incorporated radioactivity over time, via excretion."

    • What they do not mention is that the bottom sediment is where heavy radioactive elements end up, concentrated. Then the critters there concentrate it even more, up the food chain.

      What in the heck are the biologists doing, to make citizens try and figure this out, and they do not seem to even care?

      It is like the whole system is upside down and backwards, death and destruction focused, rather than evolution and hapiness focused.

      Thanks to the huge global corporations that now run everything, for caring so much… (Sarc)

      What they do not realize is that what affects the 'little people' and the critters will affect them as well. They will often be the first casualties, because they care the least and eat right at the top of the food chain, where the most expensive food is.

      My, you seem to have a healthy green glow about you today!

      Good eating there maties… eat heartie…

      • 16Penny 16Penny

        Yes I have hear pronukes arguing that it doesn't matter if the sea life gets contaminated because it will die and sink to the bottom. Woops guess they didn't think past the first move in the chess game. Lose.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        over its lifetime, an arctic tern migrates about 1.5 million miles (2.4 million kilometers)—equal to three trips to the moon and back.

        Animals demonstrate how incredibly out of touch man has become with nature. He is afraid to live without one minute of electricity, while this little bird has the most amazing flight adventures using no coal, no nuclear, no oil. The bird finds its way while man is lost sitting in his own home in front of a television

      • Shark2th

        I completely agree with you, 16P & Dr. G,
        the entire Pacific food chain is compromised beyond repair. The spread is already far beyond what is "believed". Most don't even realize that the simplest organisms of the oceans play the greatest part in ecosystem balance of the planet.
        As we see biological deterioration in complex organisms, there is little or no mention of how easily zooplankton and phytoplankton are being affected. Does the general public realize the volume of conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen that occurs through photosynthesis in phytoplankton on a planetary scale?
        Well over two years of constant and increasing out pour! Where are the "world's experts" who should have been scrambled in Priority Emergency Response on Day 2 of the incident? And if they have been in place, what have they done? Although it is "too late", more effort needs to be done to minimize this continuing poisoning of the planet. I would like to find a place to discuss such protocols…

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Also related,


    "Ahneesh enjoys playing piano and tennis. He volunteered at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children over the summer in the surgery unit and hopes to one day become a Cardiovascular Surgeon or Pediatric Oncologist. He is also an active member of Habitat for Humanity and National Honor Society. In his experiment, he investigated whether antioxidants can be used to combat Nuclear Radiation. Starfish (Protoreastor nodosus) were used as their immune systems are very similar to a human’s and contain a large portion of the human genome."

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "Starfish (Protoreastor nodosus) were used as their immune systems are very similar to a human’s and contain a large portion of the human genome."

      Well, the ultimate end result doesn't get any clearer than this.

      Thanks for the article, 16Penny.

  • Razz, even though the water born radio-active plume hasn't reached west coast don't forget the airborne plume right after 311 would have dropped all kinds of radio active dust into the ocean. Now what do starfish eat and where do they go? Radiation is negatively charged which I suspect has something to do with distribution. Seems I've read how fall-out is spotty so I doubt everything gets diluted evenly like they want you to believe. Could even be a reaction with some other pollutant and radiation. Big toxic plastic plume out there too measured in miles. As plastic disintegrates it leaches chemicals into the ocean. If only for moral reasons everyone here should try to disconnect his/herself from their money machine in any way possible even if its just buying a used bicycle instead of new. They can't stop you from not participating in their system even if you have to keep your job vote with your wallet. Go underground economy if at all possible and don't support these fools.

    • razzz razzz

      Mark: Not so sure about the negative charge (see chart)…

      Other than the fact there is much to learn so one can understand what is going on with radiation, Kenny and his friends continue on an agenda with few major independent studies other than the ones kept secret. Woods Hole does not follow logic when comes to events. A major release of fallout during the blasts then continuous groundwater carrying radiation with it into the sea but all is fine and well as levels are below natural occurring radioactive levels in sea life (except certain sea life mentioned but not named). The Japanese locals' medical sufferings are not mentioned, what, they don't eat Fukus fish?

      If you consider all man made radiation ever released ends up in the environment, wouldn't the sum total be a detriment to human, animal and plant life? Rising cancer rates say yes but cause and effect seem to be ignored esp. if nuclear medicine is a thriving business.

      Obviously some sea life is having troubles but we the little people will be misdirected with inconclusive answers…for decades or until the seas turns red.

      More time is spent on confirming global warming by man which so far doesn't exist in the final results.

    • Anthony Anthony


      Radiation from Japan reaches B.C. shores

      Kris Starosta, SFU Chemistry, 778.782.8861, starosta@sfu.ca
      Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742, 604.417.0881 (cell); dixont@sfu.ca
      Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035; cthorbes@sfu.ca

      Slides from today's news conference
      The 131I PDF file is the spectra of the rainwater collected on Burnaby Mountain. The Seaweed file is the two seaweed measurements taken March 17 & 24 and the Rainwater file shows the concentration of 131I in the rainwater over the course of a few weeks.

      March 28, 2011
      Simon Fraser University researchers are attributing increased levels of the radioisotope iodine-131 in B.C. seaweed and rainwater samples to the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor situation in Japan.

      Japanese officials have been working to prevent a nuclear meltdown after cooling systems failed following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake earlier this month that was accompanied by a tsunami. Medical and pharmaceutical industries use iodine-131; it’s also present in nuclear fission products.

      SFU nuclear scientist Kris Starosta is confident Fukushima is responsible for the recent discovery, but he cautions there is no immediate danger to the public.


  • I wrote a talkback here about these starfish anomalies in early September. (Notice the National Geographic's report is dated September 3. Other media are just noticing.)


    You can bet that if these events could be attributed to global warming they would have made a bigger splash – no pun intended.

    Maybe celebrities would have gotten into the act with a "Save the Starfish" campaign.

    And since starfish are not heavily commercialized, this won't really matter to anyone except animal lovers. The general reaction will be "It's so sad", but nobody will care much, even if they suspect a connection with Fukushima radioactivity.

    The same indifference has followed the spike in babies mortality rate in the US and Canada. Who cares.


    And in case any of you missed it, here is a gem showing how little the lives of children matter to those in power:




    • mairs mairs

      You should find what Reid actually said. He said why should we pick and choose what to fund and not to fund during the government shutdown. This picking and choosing is just another Republican game to jerk people around. Just fund the government and get it over with. There are enough votes in the House to do so. Gotcha politics by painting Reid as a meany doesn't fly. Sorry. Just fund the damn government.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Well, mairs, some of us take issue with Dingie Harry saying the Tea Party is a bunch of terrorists, too. It goes both ways.

        The Tea Party (at least before the Republicans co-opted it) wasn't originally part of the Republican Party.

        There really isn't a lot of difference between the two parties, in practice.

      • @ Mairs,

        I would not think of defending either Republicans or Democrats. As HoTaters says, there's no difference between the two. They're for sale, and huge campaign donations from industry flow into the pockets of both political parties.

        That partly explains government protection of the nuclear and oil and gas industries, and often the cover up of their environmental depredations.

        The relationship between Congress and top financial institutions, for example, is quite incestuous, and they do not even try to hide it. That's why bankers get away with anything. They own government.

        As far as callousness is concerned, both parties send Americans to die in foreign wars because that's what the defense establishment demands.


        And when those service men and women come back, they are treated like trash. An average of 22 active and non-active servicemen commit suicide each day. The rest, those with mental or physical injury, live with illness, and often end up plagued with addictions and homelessness.

        No. I would never defend politicians.



  • scottyji scottyji

    Fukushima and the Ocean from Woods Hole =


  • Daisy207

    If they kill off all the phytoplankton (that convert most all of the CO2 to oxygen for the planet – plants contribute very little) we all had better turn green and start practicing photosynthesis.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Starfish eat clams muscles, small fish, etc but some do eat barnacles. Also this mass die-off is also being seen in the Atlantic and the Gulf thus it may be something totally unrelated to Fukushima radiation.

      • Cisco Cisco

        Radiation and hydrocarbons are both gene/DNA corruptors…no mystery about "mass die-off".


        basic ecology 101 moonshellblue demonstrates that a combination of stress factors come into play in these die-offs. You're correct in the interpretation of this and the others. There is usually one common element in these die-offs, and that's impaired immunity. Regardless of what's causing the stress on a particular life form, long term duress within the organism will eventually lead to a diminished capacity to fight off disease.

        So, while it's likely the 'science' will emerge with a more 'benign' conclusion behind the destruction of these starfish, (such as viruses or microbial assault), it's already accepted science that low level exposure to radiation will affect any living organism's natural defenses. And while Gulf-of-Mexico/Atlantic was about millions of gallons of Corexit being used to coverup BP/Maconado catastrophe, the same principle of long-term toxic exposure equally applies…

        Here's a bit of tangential news on what we're all too quick to forget:

        BP's Dudley defends company's Macondo spill-response tactics


        Appeal court sides with BP, halts some oil spill payments


        • 16Penny 16Penny

          If the radioisotopes are being deposited around the Northern Hemisphere by the atmosphere, that is a common element in all of these bodies of water. Imagine how much has traveled down the Mississippi from the central plains runoff. Same for East Coast, Europe, Asia; We are all on the same spaceship and maybe this is the event that is supposed to raise our awareness to the fact.

  • scintillator

    I love this site but it deeply saddens me each time I visit and read about how the Pacific has been devastated. For years I dreamed of circumnavigating the globe on a big sailboat. Not so much anymore. As each day passes it becomes increasingly evident that eating anything out of the Pacific poses a health threat.


    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yes, many dreams, billions to say the least, are now gone!

      We must all be patient for what comes this way! It comes still..I say!

  • weeman

    Question did the star fish in the Vancouver aquarium or other west coast aquariums die off, as the water they use is the same water from the pacific ocean, yes it might be filtered but that would not remove radiation?

  • Jebus Jebus

    Lets stand back a little further, so that Fukushima is only part of the view…

    Chemical Contamination, Cleanup and Longterm Consequences of Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami



    Environment related problems caused by Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster


    I am afraid to say that the pacific contamination is a compound issue and is even much bigger than just the fukushima radiation contamination. A giant tsunami in a highly industrialized country, such as Japan, has never happened before either…

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      Not saying the contamination is not a problem, just that the scale of radioactive pollution is magnitudes different than the chemical contamination. Yes, I understand they are working together to kill. When the chemical compounds have broken down into more basic compounds the radiation will still be gaining strength. When the radioactive elements break down they typically break down into other radioactive substances with their own half-lives. 1,000 years and the planet can heal it's self from the chemicals, not the radiation.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    All the little/big fishies will see many things floating in their water habitat that they have never seen or encountered before. None of what they will see/encounter will be natural to this Earth and/or their water ecosystem.

    Not sure if fishies have breasts, but we might want to set up a few mastectomy clinics just in case and then a few fishy drug stores to deal with the massive depression all those fish effected will soon experience/feel.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Are ya feeling it Obe?

      all the creatures collective sighs,
      as the pacific ocean, rolls over and dies…

    • hbjon hbjon

      Dolphins can be trained to work an underwater pill dispenser.
      Your a genius Obewan. If congress has freed themselves from public backlash for what they do, why not develop medicine for the fish and fund it through legislature? Can it be proven that the fish are NOT being helped by the underwater pill dispensers?
      I think it's bedtime. Night all.


    The US Army dumped millions of tons of nerve gasses, toxins and nuclear waste in the ocean surrounding the US after WW2. some of it was dumped in alaskan waters. Many dump sites are unknown as the Army did not keep any records of where the dumping took place.
    The situation is far worse than these articles describe. It seems we dumped millions of tons of these weapons off the UK, Hawaii, Scotland, Japan, China, Australia, (near the reefs that are mysteriously dying!!!)the waters off Northern Germany and Russia and other places. The containers that house these weapons are rusting away and the toxins are leaking out and poisoning our waters. And a lot of the dumping occurred right where ocean currents can distribute all of it worldwide!!
    The US is not the only country that has dumped these toxins, just the only one that admits it.
    What is happening with the bears and seals is just the opening act of a global nightmare.

    Here are links to articles that are rather detailed

    Part 1

    Part 2http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-02774sy0oct31,0,937983,full.story

    An excerpt

    "In the summer of 2004, a clam-dredging operation off New Jersey pulled up an old artillery shell.

    The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black tarlike substance.

    Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base, Del., were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were injured – one hospitalized…

    • mairs mairs

      Like all the nuclear waste dumped in the English Channel. They had coordinates for dumping the barrels, but often there were delays in getting to the drop off points. The barrels emitted radiation and the crews only had a limited time of allowable exposure, so if they hadn't gotten to their mark they would just dump them wherever they were at the time. So many of the barrels are too close to land, and with no record kept of where they are.


    one hospitalized with large pus-filled blisters on an arm and hand.

    The shell was filled with mustard gas in solid form.

    What was long feared by the few military officials in the know had come to pass: Chemical weapons that the Army dumped at sea decades ago finally ended up on shore in the United States.

    It's long been known that some chemical weapons went into the ocean, but records obtained by the Daily Press show that the previously classified weapons-dumping program was far more extensive than ever suspected.

    The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste – either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels.

    A Daily Press investigation also found:

    These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states – six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence.

    The chemical agents could pose a hazard for generations. The Army has examined only a few of its 26 dump zones and none in the past 30 years.

    The Army can't say exactly where all the weapons were dumped from World War II to 1970. Army records are sketchy, missing or were destroyed.


      back in the 'early days' RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS, this site had an article which addressed the very subject your excellent post touches upon. It was about Navy personnel who were ordered to dump 55-gallon drums of radioactive waste materials into the San Francisco Bay. They used high-caliber weapons to punch holes in the 'floaters'.

      Oh…what a tangled web we weave…


    WW2 Chemical Weapons Dumped At Sea Are Time Bomb, Irish Fear
    LONDON — Hundreds of dead sea birds and seals that washed up in Donegal and Antrim on the Irish coast are believed by residents to have been poisoned by tons of chemical weapons dumped offshore by Britain after World War II.
    The Irish government has expressed concern about links between the animals and 120,000 tons of nerve and mustard gas that was dumped 40 miles off the coast.
    Residents claim foliage and plants frequently die when the wind is from the northwest. Fishermen have reported catching deformed and blistered fish.
    The North-Western Health Board in County Donegal has called for action because of the dangers if the gas – sealed in concrete aboard scuttled aging warships – has started to leak.

    Tabrun, a nerve gas developed by Germany and captured by the British, mustard gas and the blistering agent phosgene are known to have been dumped between 1945 and 1957.

    The British Ministry of Defense claims there are no records of chemical weapons disposal after World War I. Campaigners have the names of 18 ships sunk off Donegal. The cargo of some is unknown. Others, such as the Empire Claire, have detailed manifests: it carried 16,088 bombs each containing 190 pounds of nerve gas. The SS Vogtland and SS Kotka carried nerve gas. Two unnamed ships carried shells filled with mustard gas as well as one ton of phosgene.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes! There has been a great disturbance felt in the Force! It was not natural!

  • Jebus Jebus

    Nothing compares with the "weight of the straw" that is Fukushima though.

    We have been killing the creatures of the sea, in too numerous ways to count, for so long they are almost gone.

    The Fukushima reality is that now we are fucking up those creatures ability to have viable offspring…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, that would be a correct statement! 🙁

  • Jebus Jebus

    Did the Soviet Union ask the World for help with Chernobyl?

    Fukushima Radiation Now A Global Disaster: Japan Finally Asks World For Help, Two Years Too Late
    By Dave Smith on October 07 2013 4:40 PM

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan is finally open to receiving global aid to contain the ever-growing disaster at Fukushima, where radioactive water leaks continue to contaminate the Pacific Ocean’s ecosystem, and thus, the entire world’s food supply.


  • Ron

    How horribly sad. I wouldn't rule out other possible causes as well. Could be that some turd is dumping highly hazardous chemicals at sea.

  • Ron

    Then when you realize Fukushima is not a one time disaster but an ongoing one, a "long emergency" as someone coined the term, with no end, and that there are more than 500 of these plants scattered strategically around the world, you really have to shake your heads at those who allowed this industry to do as they wanted.

  • mairs mairs

    My family had a house near the beach in Southern California in the '60's. I practically lived in the water at age 5 through 11. Odd things would wash up every once in awhile. Many times disks of tar would wash in to the beach. We kept Energine to get it off our feet. I assume that was congealed oil. A few times there were masses of translucent plastic-y disks, about 3" in diameter. From the way they looked, something fluid had dripped into the ocean and hardened when it hit the water. The bottoms were flat and the tops were bubbled. There would be thousands and thousands of them, drifting in to beach themselves on the shoreline.

    • Jebus Jebus

      jellyfish… Thats before they started banding together to help shut down nuclear power plants…

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      In the '50-'60s my family had a house 3 miles inland from Del Mar, and age 10 to 15 during the summers I lived in the ocean. We had tar discs on the beach for days after the 'kelp cutters' had been working just 1/2 mile offshore, leaking oil, and later took it off Our feet with turpentine before going home and inside.

      On the way to the beach on Lomas Santa Fe Drive, was the Solana Beach "dump", where we stopped twice a week, along with everyone else, to throw our garbage bags over the edge, into the burning garbage heap in the canyon below.

      Now it's all been properly cleaned up: the visible smoking dump and the kelp cutter beach oil have all been outlawed and are gone, and everything is big-government-agency squeaky clean, well, except for the radioactive ocean surf, morning fog, and rain, the dying seal pups all removed to shelters, and the unseen, offshore radiated Bluefin tuna commuting over and back yearly from Honshu Japan.

      Appearance is everything.

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Excellent contributions.

    It is reasonable to question whether toxins in the returning Tohoku tsunami wave, declared or covert (widespread) dumping of chemical weapons at sea, or continued oceanic radioactive releases are contributing to this event, but certainly all continue to degrade the environment.

    Add to this list direct ocean discharge of sewerage contaminants which creates a condition ripe for the proliferation of viruses, plasmids, and transposable genetic microorganisms harmful to ocean life, and hypoxia endemic to the US West Coast since 2002.

    The complexity of our eco-systems is substantial and barely understood. To think we can ignore the geo-physical realities on the events we perceive or the systems we devise, from terrestrial phenomenon to space weather is a continued demonstration of our hubris as a species.

    The words “earthquake” and “volcanic eruption” don’t fit well in the same sentence as "nuclear power plant." Actually, I find it a struggle to find any words that go with "nuclear power," other than the “most inefficient, expensive, and toxic source of energy devised by man, with no known way to permanently store it.”

    Unfortunately the majority of all plants and their nuclear trash are located in the most environmentally or geologically unstable conditions, and few if any, have mitigation strategies for solar flares.


  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Peace.. has such a nice ring/sound to it!

  • spiritwoman

    I just tried to post a message about a potential solution to the problem of the oceans and earth-trashing in general, and was told I already posted something similar. Not true. I tried a long time ago but the post never materialized. While I might have repeated 1-2 references today's post was more extensive. Not to mention: given the overwhelming number of cries for help on this website, I would think a little hopeful repetition might be in order.
    I'll try again tomorrow but if the same thing happens, I'll go to Facebook. Or start a blog. Am wondering if someone is listening in who doesn't like hope or solutions.

  • tinman76

    Same thing is happening in Kamchatka, which is just north of Japan. Accroding to Vesti (official Russian news source) dated Oct. 7th, (see here: http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1138743&cid=7) locals discovered scores of dead sea urchins and starfish, littering the bottom of Avachinsky Bay. They don't have a clue what happened to them, but are blaming polution from nearby industry. However, industry has been there for the last 50 years, while reports of dead creatures have just started to appear… makes one wonder if there is a connection. Doesnt have to be Fukushima, though. Since both, Kamchatka and the west coast of North America are all on the Ring of Fire, might be there is something greater at play here, like release of subsea gas along tectonic fault lines. Who knows? Doubt we will hear the truth.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Could be the ring of fire, but then we have animals with sores all over them too and then the lack of life along the west coast that is very noticeable after 3-11. Change certainly appears to happening in the core, so gas release would surely be possible poisoning the surrounding waters.