“Dead animals litter California beaches… Alarming phenomenon” — “Graveyard of washed-up sea life” — “Influx of malnourished sea creatures” — Experts: We’re really starting to worry… The animals are starving to death… Covered in sores… Stunted growth… Weak immune systems (VIDEOS)

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NBC L.A., Apr 19, 2016 (emphasis added): Officials are investigating why sick sea lions are washing up onshore… The Laguna Beach Pacific Marine Mammal Center has an overflow of sea lions… The reason for the influx of sea lions remains a disappearing cold water food source… Another unusual phenomenon they are seeing: Elephant and harbor seals are coming into the centers in addition to California sea lions, and that is not typical.

NBC L.A. transcript, Apr 19, 2016: “Now, an alarming number of sea lions are washing up along our local beaches… it is taking longer to rehabilitate these sick sea lions… Experts say [they are] taking longer to become healthier.”

Laguna Beach Independent, Apr 23, 2016: Most are malnourished and many are infected with parasites, [said Keith Matassa, Pacific Marine Mammal Center]… “The rehabbing process is slower this year because the sea lions are coming in older and sicker.”

Salon, Apr 21, 2016: Dead animals litter California beaches — California is in its third straight year of “unusual mortality” rates for sea lions. The dismal state was first declared in January of 2013 and death rates have increased each year since… It looks like 2016 will be worse… They are starving to death. The same goes for birds… California beaches are littered with dead sea lions and birds. Watch our video for more on this alarming phenomenon. [Video transcript: (Stephen Scheiblauer, Monterey Harbormaster:) "We're seeing a greater mortality of sea lions... also some kinds of birds… We bury [sea lions]… dig a big trench and bury it.”]

Pepperdine University’s student newspaper (‘The Graphic‘), Mar 28, 2016: A walk on Point Dume’s beach [Malibu, California] recently resembles a graveyard of washed-up sea life. On the stretch of the Pacific Coast… dead sea lions, tuna crabs and crows littered on the sand, a defunctive and rotten smell permeating the sea air… [S]tranded sea lions have become a regular sight for those who frequent Point Dume, as beach-goers stretch their towels yards away from the rotting corpses. “This has been a coast-wide problem for the past four years,” Seasonal Assistant Marine Coordinator Colleen Weiler said.

KRON, Apr 11, 2016: Marine Mammal Center dealing with influx of malnourished sea creatures… Hundreds of elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions are [at the center]… Rescue crews are bringing them in daily because they simply don’t have enough to eat… Dr. Shawn Johnson is the lead veterinarian at the center and said the animals are starving

The Channels Newspaper, Apr 22, 2016: Rescued seals are brought [in] with seaborne diseases… causing bumps and blisters on the face, neck and flippers

Marin Independent Journal, Apr 10, 2016: Marine Mammal Center coping with relentness influx of ailing sea lions… “They are skin and bones, they are malnourished, they have secondary infections like pneumonia because their immune systems are suppressed,” said [Dr. Shawn Johnson]… the sea lions appear to be experiencing stunted growth… “These are the smallest pups we have seen in 41 years of study,” [NOAA's Sharon Melin] said.

The Marine Mammal Center, Mar 29, 2016: This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve seen California sea lions in crisis… [This year] these animals are also unusually small… essentially fur-covered skeletons—they seem to be experiencing stunted growth… pup weights are the lowest ever documented… [T]he spike in sea lion strandings began before the current El Niño pattern took hold and even before the warm water “blob” began to form… “After four years of sea lions in crisis, the initial shock of seeing so many starving sea lions is over and now we’re really starting to worry about long-term impacts on the population as a whole,” says Dr. Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Center.

Watch videos here: NBC LA | Salon | KRON

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    "The goal is to keep enough sea lions around since they act as sentinels of the ocean."

    "Environmental conditions have changed. Stresses on the ocean have changed and it's causing problems on the whole food chain," Matassa said.

    NBC News 4 LA
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/influx-sea-lions-laguna-beach-376298061.html

    No mention of Fukushima's TRIPLE ongoing MELTDOWNS.

    Maybe 'stresses' equals radioactive contaminated FALLOUT?


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    • hbjon hbjon

      If homo sapiens miraculously evolve into a species that cares about fossils and understands cause and effect, they will research what caused this global extinction during this era in the history of earth. Thousands of years into the future after the survivors left their bomb shelters. The pacific tar pits will be an unsolved mystery.


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    • "The scientists I spoke to found it hard to believe it was Fukushima but said that the most likely mechanism would be through reproductive failure if the fallout were responsible."

      The massive amount of radioactive environment pollution from Fukushima has resulted in the Northern Pacific Ocean food supply crashing! Like the human embryo, embryonic sea life including fish eggs, are hypersensitive to radioactive contamination, hence the large number of reports of seals, whales and birds etc., washing up on the west coast of North America, starving to death.

      This view is sported by Dr. Sternglass's research paper below. It clearly demonstrates how nuclear contamination from the nuclear bomb testing era caused a significant crash in Pacific Ocean fish stocks. If this was the case then, it would be logical to assume that the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe is having a similar effect.

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      “The purpose of the study was to determine whether continued atmospheric testing by France and China or potential releases from underground detonations that might unexpectedly escape into the nearby fishing grounds could have detectable effects on the reproduction of fish populations similar to the unanticipatedly severe effects of low level radiation on the human embryo and fetus (2, 3, 4) recently confirmed by independent studies by other investigators (5, 6).”

      http://sccc.org.au/the-pacific-ocean-is-dying


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      • Use Dr. Sternglass's research paper as a resource to educate people.

        Like the human embryo, embryonic sea life including fish eggs, are hypersensitive to artificial isotope radioactive contamination.

        Hence no food to eat so the larger animals up the food chain die of starvation.


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      • hbjon hbjon

        Bomb explodes and produces near equal amounts of barium and krypton. About 10-20 pounds of each, and negligible amounts of U or Pu are left over. When there are people out there trying to compare Fukushima with anything man has done in the past, usually it is an attempt to minimize the disaster.


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    • Highly Radioactive Fukushima Harbor Fish Measured With 740,000 Bq/Kg Cesium, Strontium Spiking And Getting Worse At Fukushima, Data And Evidence For Period Covering 2011-2016
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/fukushima-harbor-fish-measured-with.html


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  • dunkilo

    The new and improved el nino!"hotter"than ever :)


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Whether we discuss it or not…
    Whether it evokes fear or not..
    Does it matter?
    Is it going to go away.. if we change our rhetoric to that of Sunday tea?
    IS IT GOING TO BE ALL BETTER?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Is it going to be all better, by continuing to cling to lessor causes than admit the 'invisible elephant in the room'?
    How does it serve?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is our best?
    This is the best the Human race has to offer? ..lame answers.
    Oh, and the occasional snideness of those that are sure they are conspiracy busting.

    Folks at ATS ..thanks a lot.(sarc). I haven't changed, it's you.
    HOW DOES IT SERVE?
    Stand down!
    Look away if you must ..cowards!


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    "The influx makes it the fourth year in a row of sea lions in peril…"
    Why is Fukushima radiation so high?
    FDNPP was built on top of a cut down cliff, at the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
    Inland stretch valleys and mountains.
    Underneath the multiple-reactor nuclear reservation runs a groundwater river, at an estimated flow rate of 1,000 tonnes of water per day.
    Three of the nuclear reactors suffered complete meltdowns, containing a total of 257 tonnes of nuclear fuel assemblies.
    At some 2,300C, this nuclear lava, called "corium", quickly ate through the bottom of reactor and containment vessels, and very likely now sits in the ground below.
    This melt-through took about a week.
    Steam vents opened up in the ground, and workers could even hear the corium hissing and spitting in the ground.
    There is evidence, such as the presence of Iodine isotopes found in sewage sludge, that criticalities in the corium continue to this day.
    Japanese officials have been unable to locate the corium, and have been unable to divert groundwater around the ruins.
    The underground river, flowing over, under, and around the corium lava washes lots of radiation into the ocean.
    Currents and migrating animals have carried the radiation throughout the North Pacific Ocean.
    Sickness spreads up the food chain, from single cell plants and animals, right up to large animals like fish, sea birds, whales, and sea lions.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Right on PUN, and if 80% initially launched into the ocean, a significant amount will settle at the bottom where it will dissolve and decay over many centuries.

      What happens when you shake a can of carbonated soda? Gases diffuse from the liquid water. If something shakes that ocean floor, gases will diffuse and be released. Look it up if you want, it's in a science book under "properties of gases".

      What your information tells me is that a supercharged storm system is heading east and will possibly strike the pacific coast in the days to come. Duct tape>check. Air filter>check. Emergency supplies>check.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Like this situation has time for 'pussy footing'…
    BANG, BANG, BANG ..on the 'adult table'!


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