Biologist finds pink salmon that are canary yellow on Canada’s Pacific coast — Insides also yellow: Heart parts, gill arches, spines, cartilage in head — Spleens swollen, livers spotted, some with bugged-out eyes (PHOTOS)

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Alexandra Morton’s Blog, Oct. 11, 2013: [...] The sockeye returns to the Skeena watershed in northern British Columbia crashed this year. This was completely unexpected. Sockeye salmon returns have plunged to historic lows in the Skeena River system of northwestern British Columbia, forcing drastic, never-before-imposed fishing closures. [...] massive numbers were dying before spawning. This is a Fraser sockeye problem. This is called prespawn mortality (PSM). [...] Now, the Skeena sockeye appear to be exhibiting a similar characteristic. [...] On the first day we came across a First Nation fishery and found pink salmon that were a deep, canary yellow [...] parts of their hearts are yellow, their gill arches and spines are yellow, the cartilage in their head is yellow. Their spleens are swollen and enlarged, and their livers are spotted. In some cases their eyes were bugged out. Guys who have fished this region their whole lives told me they have seen the occasional yellow salmon over the years, but never in the numbers seen this year. [...]

Alexandra Morton’s Facebook Page, Oct. 5, 2013: Because so many people have asked me about radiation I bought a gieger counter and took it to the river today – all the readings indicated normal background levels. I am no expert on this and so I am only reporting on what the equipment reported.

Bloomberg News, April 3, 2011: Geiger Counters Unlikely to Detect Radiation in Food

Chilliwack Progress, Oct. 18, 2011: Yellow-tinged salmon carcasses showing up in local rivers this fall are raising red flags. Longtime Chilliwack angler Chris Gadsden said he was shocked to find a yellow coloured chinook salmon recently in the Vedder Canal. “I’d never seen one like that before, in my 30 plus years of fishing the Vedder,” he said. He was so concerned, he sent some samples to DFO by Greyhound bus for analysis. [...] Gadsden said he started asking questions after hearing that Morton had been in the Fraser Valley recently looking into reports of pre-spawn mortality of sockeye and coho in Fraser River tributaries feeding into the Harrison River. Dr. Morton reported on the yellow salmon she found on Oct 5. [...] “On my trip up the Fraser River two days ago I also found four yellow pink salmon. Even the cartilage inside the fish’s head was yellow. [...] “We want the diagnosis on the yellow salmon. We want to know if we a getting a side order of brain tumour in the salmon we are eating,” Morton added.

View many photos of the salmon on Morton’s Facebook page here

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93 comments to Biologist finds pink salmon that are canary yellow on Canada’s Pacific coast — Insides also yellow: Heart parts, gill arches, spines, cartilage in head — Spleens swollen, livers spotted, some with bugged-out eyes (PHOTOS)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The increased abnormalities in Northern Hemisphere is disturbing.

    Something has to change.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Everyday reports of ecological abnormalities in the Pacific Ocean is no reason to be concerned…I've eat yellow stuff all the time: eggs, bananas, lemons, peppers, etc.

    if there is a danger in the Pacific Ocean I haven't a clue. So why worry?

    Nothing to see here…move your ass along.


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    • MichaelV MichaelV

      I jest in the face of this Fukushima tragedy, but I'm disgusted and horrified.

      Yesterday I advised a friend of some precautionary measures and she cheerily retorted, "Well, I'm not going to stop playing in the rain"…another one bites the dust.


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      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Funny you mention that. I'm an avid runner and we're not talking treadmills. I love the trails and rain/snow have never stopped me. At one point a year ago I was running 50 miles/week all outside all year long.

        Yesterday, all day, I had the taste of metal in my mouth. It was raining. NETC.com had Syracuse as normal although today readings are elevated. I decided today I'm not running outside in the rain anymore which basically means I won't be racing. :( This totally sucks.


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      • bo bo

        Yeah Michael V it is really disturbing to see the strange confident smiles on people when they shut out discussion about fukushima in that manner. The story about radchick having received death threats from mothers claiming she is 'robbing their children of their childhood' just because she warned mothers to not allow kids to eat snow…so classic.

        Stay strong people.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Good morning. Talked with an Iraq war marine veteran yesterday who had been treated for DU poisoning. Told him he's at risk of inhaling hot particles if he raises too much dirt with his dirt bike and breathes it. (Also asked him to please not raise dust clouds out in the area where I'm gardening.) He was very polite and asked why.

        Went on to explain UC Berkeley BRAWN lab had found high levels of Cesium in Sacramento soil. Talked about how the plumes and rain have deposited high levels of all kinds of isotpes in air and soil.

        Then talked about personal detoxofication and chelation. He really "got it." I was so happy to meet someone for whom this discussion can make a difference.

        He recommended "Mira-Clay." So sad, though, he has suffered from DU poisoning. He was in Fallujah. We here in the US and NATO countries have done our veterans such a disservice. He agreed use of DU is a crime against humanity.

        Nuclear must go.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Don't worry be happy. These are the best of times. Why, new opportunities are presenting themselves daily. Someone really needs to capitalize on the mushy yellow delights. Open a new restaurant. Like the Japanese say, you don't really need to be happy. It's enough just to think you are happy. So pop some ecstasy, throw on some MSG and be happy.


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      • There are normal fish and then there are SPECIAL fish, which can be sold for double the normal price..

        Like the gigantic fish in the contaminated areas around Chernobyl, this is a huge cash bonus for free from the nuclear industry.

        Gigantism is now the new norm, everything doubles in size or more, including the odd human leg, arm, head, torso, feet, eyes, brain outside of skulls, etc.

        But think of it this way; you are getting TWICE the value for your money.

        (sarc)


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  • Sadly, Canadian department of fisheries is run by Harper who ignores scientific data in favor of his own nefarious political agenda. Don't expect a CBC investigative news report on this one. No sardines, jellyfish turning to mush and low salmon returns and yellow salmon all not reported by mainstream and not commented on by scientists besides an over educated shrug of the shoulders and bafflegab translated to "I don't know". We are losing our greatest treasures.


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  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    …plankton concentrate mineral elements from the water, and it has been found that radioactivity may be concentrated (Page 60) in this manner by as much as a thousand fold.

    http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/the-bioaccumulation-of-contamination-in-plankton-us-armed-forces-1955/

    Depending on its chemical form and by what organisms it is taken up, radiation can also concentrate when it moves through the food chain. A 1999 study found that seals and porpoises in the Irish Sea concentrated radioactive cesium by a factor of 300 relative to its concentration in seawater, and a factor of 3 to 4 compared to the fish they ate.

    http://e360.yale.edu/feature/radioactivity_in_the_ocean_diluted_but_far_from_harmless/2391/

    Things are going to get worse. This industry needs to be dismantled, and our priorities as humans, living organisms, must change, if we do not band together and all recognize that protecting the Earth is our number one priority, I feel, sadly, that the human will cease to exist, and worse does not deserve to continue to exist.

    If a species will not protect it's own self, it's own DNA, and it destroys all other living organisms, does it even deserve to exist?


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I was worried about the plankton. Now I have the facts.

      Thanks to Cataclysmic.

      Someone needs to start collecting any healthy plankton left and store it in a seed bank of some sort. I don't know if there was two of every plankton in Noah's ark. It probably wasn't necessary then, but in the post nuclear genius days, definitely worth considering.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      "protecting the Earth is our number one priority". Cataclysmic
      +1000
      THIS is the way the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem will die.
      Is dying.
      Once healthy fisheries are crashing, one after another.
      Sick animals cannot reproduce healthy offspring.
      Genetic damage presents in second and third generations.
      Feed stocks disappear.
      Radiation bioaccumulates in all life forms, concentrating more heavily as it moves up the food chain.
      Top preditors suffer the highest concentrations of toxins.
      Fukushima has already destroyed the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem.
      Japan, already broke, will not be able to compensate the Pacific Ocean Fishing Industry for their losses.
      Every day, 1,000 tonnes of groundwater flow under the FDNPP Ruins, contact corium lava tubes, containing raw melted nuclear fuel, and flows into an increasingly lifeless Pacific Ocean, poisoning it forever.
      Pay attention, people of Earth, lest you, too, perish from your indifference.

      Meanwhile, TEP.gov wants us to believe the corium didn't reach 5,000C.
      TEPCO wants us to believe the melted fuel still lies at the bottom of Containment Vessels1-3.
      TEP.gov and nuke industry experts want us to believe that melted fuel is heated only by decay heat.
      TEPCO and the nuke industry insists that further criticalities cannot happen, when ongoing emmissions of short-halflife nuclides proves that criticalities are ongoing.

      So,
      Where is the damn corium, eh, TEPCO? ;)


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Cataclysmic, thank you for your great posts on scientific data. Much appreciated. Am always educated and enlightened by your posts.

      Question for you. Would you be willing to send me an e-mail with some links to studies re: possible or studied effects of Fukushima radiation?

      Would like to pass that on to the group working on the UN Resolution. They have asked for scientific data and published studies (reports from credible sources like peer reviewed reports and studies.)

      Or if you could send me some links or suggestions as to where I can find this info., I can do the research and pass along the information.

      Thanks.
      HoTaters@hush.com


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        BTW, I need to send the info. directly, as it is a small group of people doing the work on that Resolution. Am going to be looking for some studies, myself. Am aware of Marco Kaltofen's work, Ken Buessler, but if there are less "mainstream" or obvious things to look at, then I'd certainly like to know.

        Lots of things have been published here (links) so a search through the archives is warranted.

        Just wondering who is doing peer reviewed studies similar to what was done at Chernobyl.

        Majia, if you're out there, can you suggest anything? I know you have done a lot of research on this, too, esp. on the epigenetic effects.


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  • Canuck1

    From what I understand the ONLY way to test for radiation in fish, is the turn it into carbon. In other words it must be BURNED then tested under LABORATORY CONDITIONS! Geiger counters do NOT work by just running it over fish or seafood.


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    • bwoodfield bwoodfield

      You are correct. It takes a very little amount of actual radioactive material to start doing damage in a body. To small of an amount to actually pick-up on a hand-held detector. These fish are contaminated far out in the ocean, well into the oncoming wave of radioactive particles, then coming back to spawn. Not only that by the waters of the river runs TO the ocean. Unless there is a NPP upstream, they aren't going to be detecting anything in the water.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        So what kind of equipment is needed for testing? Scintillator? Pancake type Geiger counter?

        Not familiar with the technology used to do this. Vital1 has posted some info. here; will probably have a look at what he wrote.


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        • Vital1 has some sort of scintillator equipment. Scan through Post your radiation thread to find links Vital1 posted or to ask him questions. My humble understanding is that although it is possible to test food with a pancake type sensitive geiger counter, the food would have to be very radioactive for geiger to read radiation and if you didn't find any with geiger counter that would not mean food is safe as small amounts of radiation are dangerous internally. So food deemed safe by geiger testing may not be safe. And even then with a geiger counter you need a lead box you dont just run a geiger counter over a salmon. You need some sort of scintillator, a lead box and software/calculations of some kind. Clicking on my name you will see a short video of the most affordable scintillator on the market that uses multi pixel photon counter technology, requires an iPad and only measures gamma radiation but can test food and measure energy levels to identify isotopes. I have personal problems which negate delving more into this technology. IE, I dont own one nor am I vouching for this product, the reason the video is up there is to illustrate how 400cpm can translate to .045 µSv/hr a low radiation reading. That it is difficult to interpret cpm if you are not familiar with the equipment used in reporting. I believe there are scintillator chat rooms and if you are at all interested and have spare cash the technology is actually affordable.


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          • WWJD WWJD

            @Mark – I agree with what you said. I believe though that more than having the "spare cash" for most to buy scintillator gear is the problem of having the knowledge & time required to test their food correctly. Even with all of those bases covered, a scintillator does gamma only.

            It's very likely all our food contains radiation (likely Fukushima) and some foods like mushrooms will put you/us more at more risk. Avoiding these foods I believe is our first step of radiation mitigation.


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          • A mini-body scanner would work fine, I'd think. But be way expensive for sure. You don't have to be ashes to get a body scan, and it'll identify everything – including K40 in your bones.


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  • dka

    I am more than fed up with the silence of Canadian biologists, and of course media and news channels are silent as well.


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  • or-well

    I'm a pink salmon,
    not a canary.
    I live in the ocean,
    not a colliery,
    but like my feathered friend
    I can give warning;
    ocean miners take heed -
    danger is coming!


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  • Lady M

    Yes, really good poem! Would make a great poster.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Now it will be the bear dropping dead as the food chain does its thing. The sad part the elite will find the best of care & the rest of us will be on our on. GOD did cause this & this is nots GOD's will, it's man's, the evil ones whos greed has destroyed this planet & all life will slowly die with it! The culling has begun in ernest!


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  • Bugged out eyes? In humans this indicates Grave's disease.

    Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease. It most commonly affects the thyroid, frequently causing it to enlarge to twice its size or more (goiter), become overactive, with related hyperthyroid symptoms such as increased heartbeat, muscle weakness, disturbed sleep, and irritability. It can also affect the eyes, causing bulging eyes (exophthalmos). It affects other systems of the body, including the skin, heart, circulation and nervous system.


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  • I'm glad to see independant biologists are very concerned and have picked up this story. We need knowledgeable, honest people to get to the bottom of this, who have access to testing facilities…as well as the other recent Pacific news of the bleeding fish off BC, gooey sea-stars all along the Pacific Northwest, missing humpbacks, and disappearing sardines. Leuren Moret and I spoke at length yesterday and will be discussing this in more detail next Thursday when we interview together with James Fetzer of Veteran's Today, 12-2 pm CDT)


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  • Lady M

    Did a little googling, and it seems that Alexandra Morton has been rsearching yellow salmon since back at least to 2008, in various locales including the one mentioned above. Seems viruses and stress are two things that can cause these and some other fish to turn yellow.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    It is impossible to use a "Hand Held Radiation Detector" to detect actual radiation in that food. The skin & water can shield it. Plus, background radiation comes into play. There is a good article on this fact on the Health Pages at: http://www.radiationhealth news.com. You need a minimum of $18,100 quality detector & a $1000 lead shielded box. Food needs to be defrosted, skinned, protected against your probe, and water removed too. See the Uncensored Battle of Chernobyl video at the Video Page of Radiation Health News for a close-up food test, and how they test their food for deadly radiation contamination.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Testing of contamination is not an at home task, unless you are loaded with money. It is impossible to use a "Hand Held Radiation Detector" to detect actual radiation in that food. There is a good article on this fact on the Health Pages at: http://www.radiationhealth news.com. You need a minimum of $18,100 quality detector & a $1000 lead shielded box. Food needs to be defrosted, skinned, protected against your probe, and water removed too. See the Uncensored Battle of Chernobyl video at the Video Page of Radiation Health News for a close-up food test, and how they test their food for deadly radiation contamination.


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  • Ana Ana

    I tested green tea sourced from Japan and found that it was 10x background here in Sacramento Califoria. I compared it to green tea sourced from China which was the same as Sacramento background. I have a simple geiger counter but it was enough to let me know that the tea from Japan was contaminated. I did not have to burn the tea to get the reading.


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  • Ana Ana

    I tested green tea sourced from Japan and found that it was 10x background here in Sacramento California. I compared it to green tea sourced from China which was the same as Sacramento background. I have a simple Geiger counter but it was enough to let me know that the tea from Japan was contaminated. I did not have to burn the tea to get the reading.


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  • J.

    Regarding detection devices: I think there's a great Kickstarter project waiting for the right persons or group. The Safecast people in Japan sell a device they made, but it's not affordable for the average person. What's needed is a mass-produced A/B/G detection device at under $200. The sad fact is people are going to need these — indeed, need them now.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    SOL sounds about right! Cirrect?


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  • OldFool

    A natural chemical poison is possible perhaps, but swollen spleens and livers are bad signs. It could be an indication of the collapse of their immune system and/or cardiovascular system disease – a virus is optional. There is a must-read book on the effects of radiation (immune system, cardiovascular, endocrine effects, etc.) – "Chernobyl Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment" by Alexey V. Yablokov et al. After you read it, you will have some good info to interpret the recent strange symptoms in the Canadian fish. All those 1000's of sick/dying seals last year also come to mind now.


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  • OldFool

    A common bacterial or viral agent causing all these separate species of sea life to suddenly die-off is extremely unlikely. Their cell membrane receptors are highly species dependent and specific. Yablokov's book now might be worth intense study by all West Coast inhabitants. In his book he describes how some radionuclides seek bone marrow (which happens to be the source of T cells and B cells for the adaptive immune system, the most important part of the immune system). Without the T cells and B cells, there is no adaptive immune system. The Russians call it Chernobyl AIDS, because the victims then die from any common normally harmless bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. The symptoms would of course start appearing first at the apex predators or highest ingestors of radionuclides, such as sharks, seals, bears, etc. or perhaps mud-dwelling shellfish, then start to appear at other levels on the food chain.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Correct without proper functioning T-cells etc. the immune system's functions are extremely compromised..Ergo: Why any parasite now becomes a potential killer!

    What affects humans affects all biological life…these losses of life, yellow fish etc. are only the symptoms that will move up all current food chains.

    Man kind's ability to solve/fix what damage he is/has done may be at a fast approaching fleeting end..


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  • timex

    This is terrible . Hey i was planning to buy this handhel detector:

    http://www.seintl.com/products/inspectorusb.html

    It would be for both testing background and testing food, but since not sure can it be used for testing food ….it do have very sensitive gm tube that is also quite large…someone just write that handheld detectors cant be used for testing food, i would like to know this for sure…

    The testing is a 2 way proses…first need to test what is the base background level, after that testing the food by using timer funtion ~ 10 minuts or so…. i would just thought that if a product has radioactive isotopes the device like that inspector should detect it …geiger-muller tubes would be worthless if they would not detect nothing…..

    any opinions about this ??


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    • A good gamma detector (including a G-M) will detect gamma from decay of isotopes in the foods, even in the interior. But only if the food is significantly contaminated enough to show above background. A null reading doesn't mean the food is uncontaminated, so false negatives can be an issue.

      I trashed my entire spring crops in 2011 because the ground was reading high, and the rain was reading even higher. Didn't compost it, or compost any leaves that fall. I let most of the garden go fallow, and when the ground was turned for 2012 I trashed all the sod/weed growth and roots as well. Knowing there was significant iodine (early on), cesium, strontium and gawd only knows what else in the fallout was enough to know not to eat what grew that year. Contamination follows the normal drainage pathways, was back to 'normal' background by spring of 2012.

      There is probably no way to avoid eating/drinking more radioactive nasties than anybody wants, but we can avoid foods from Japan and the west coast of North America just on general principles. Don't eat any pacific seafood from north of the equator or that's known to spend much of its life cycle north of the equator, and eat lower on the food chain altogether. There are many issues associated with eating red meat/pork, and chicken/turkey these days, connected with diseases, environmental devastation, GMO feeds and global warming. Just add radiation to the list.


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    • Testing food for radiation does require more then a geiger counter. Fish for example should be dried and ground up and the bigger the sample the better and you need to build/buy a lead box. But the technology is affordable now. In the past it was true you would need a large amount of money. This link is provided for everyones information only and I have no personal experience good or bad with this, but you can identify isotopes and test food with this product if you obtain a lead box. Also note on this page links to chat rooms. Anyone interested should do their own research as it is possible to build a food testing for radiation lab at home without mortgaging the house. http://imetryen.wiki.fc2.com/
      I recommend buying at least a cheap radiation detector to monitor your background radiation levels, especially if you live close to a NPP or uranium mine or processing facility. The evening news won't help you.


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      • WWJD WWJD

        I own several of the GQ Electronics GMC-200 geiger counter units connected through http://www.NETC.com to monitor my background radiation levels and share them with the world. We all need to help each other both in radiation detection data and other nuclear related news. EneNews.com and NETC.com are both doing a great job as tools allowing us to tell people what is happening each day. We can never have too many people helping out.


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      • J.

        Thanks very much for this. The iMetry device at $300 is worth considering, but the iPad costs at least $500, so we're still not talking about a really affordable device for the majority I think.

        Perhaps we need a Forum for this discussion? It might be helpful. (If there is one already and I've overlooked it, please correct me here.)


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Testing food with a Geiger counter:
    Here is my opinion.
    I think using a Geiger counter only detects surface or near radiation radiation on food. For example using it on a fish would pickup radiation on the skin or possibly just below the skin but would not detect all the radiation in the meat of the fish. Using it on tea leaves would be the same but because they are thin you may get a better read on all the radiation in the tea. So if you detect radiation on a fish, tea, apple, nut etc. with a Geiger counter it is a red flag that there may be more radiation inside the item tested. However if you do not detect any radiation on the surface it DOES NOT mean there is not any inside the item. To test inside the item you need a gamma spectrometer (too costly for the average person).

    Here is another way to think of it. If you detected radiation from a park bench you would not sit on it. If you did not detect any radiation from a park bench you would sit on it. Even though trapped inside and undetectable to your Geiger counter may be some radioactive particles but you are not going to eat the park bench so it doesn't matter that the Geiger counter didn't detect them.

    I am not an expert on this so if my logic is flawed let me know.


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  • NEW GIANT TAR BLOB from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill discovered in Louisiana

    I posted news item on the Non-Nuclear Forum at 9:18 a.m.

    http://enenews.com/forum-topic-discussion-thread-nuclear-issues-jan-5-2013-present/comment-page-69#comment-398324


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  • Sickputer

    Morton was already finding yellow salmon six months into the Fukushima death spiral:

    http://www.straight.com/blogra/what-hell-turning-pink-salmon-yellow-fraser-river/page/1

    What the hell is turning pink salmon yellow in the Fraser River?

    by STEPHEN HUI on OCT 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM


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  • Lady M

    OldFool — Excellent point regarding radiation compromising the immune system. Alexandra Morton's been researching yellow salmon in the Pacific northwest and many other locations since at least 2008; a main focus of her work is demonstrating how the European ISA virus that makes salmon yellow (and produces "congestion and enlargement of liver and spleen", as noted in Chilean farmed salmon in November 2007) may in fact have spread to our Pacific salmon, ie that there's a mechanism by which this spread can occur through migration patterns. Although yellow salmon in the Pacific northwest have predated Fukushima by at least 3 years, there seem to be a whole lot of them this year and — as you point out — that could be due to radiation making the salmon more vulnerable to an already-existing disease. Important: I think your point is very significant because it means that finding pre-Fukushima occurrences of ANY of the strange ailments we are seeing in the Pacific (herring, sea stars, polar bears, walruses, etc) doesn't eliminate Fukushima radiation as a possible cause of what we are seeing now. There have been melting sea stars on the east coast once, and bleeding herring elsewhere. But never have ALL these ailments in ALL these species occurred in the SAME place at the SAME time. As you note, all these ailments have separate mechanisms. A common thread is the radiation-compromised immune systems of the sea creatures. Great point, thanks!


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    • or-well

      Fukushima, handy scapegoat for Aquaculture Industry?
      The question captures one of my concerns.
      Fish farming seems well protected from unbiased investigation, especially in BC, by gov't.
      I read recently that aquaculture accounts for 46% of food fish globally.
      That's big business.


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      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Lots of contamination in their feed, too, I hear. Told also high pesticide and toxin levels in their flesh due to point source contamination near where they are farmed. So important to know where your fish come from & what the farming practices are for the source.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    My eggplants are all yellow or orange this year. ALL of them. The Japanese eggplants and the regular large purple ones are ALL yellow and orange.

    Not the same thing, I'm sure, but odd. Wondering if a mutation. Has happened over several months. The nursery tags show pictures of purple eggplant, so I'm wondering why this is happening. They start out purple, then grow and turn yellow and orange. Very strange.


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    • Probably should post this under:

      FORUM: Possible Fukushima-related Anomalies — Deformations, Yellow Rain, Metallic Taste in Mouth, etc.

      My neighbors eggplants did the same thing.
      Location: Foothills central California.
      Date observed: 10/15/2013

      What is your general location HT?


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  • Lady M

    High temperature, dryness, and other stressors can make eggplants turn yellow or orange. Maybe cut a couple open and see if there's anything unusual going on inside, for interest.


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  • From Alexandra Morton's blog page.

    The Cohen Commission spent a considerable amount of time on prespawn mortality, a problem specific to the Fraser sockeye until now. At the Commission we learned DFO scientist, Dr. Kristi Miller, found that the immune systems of the Fraser sockeye dying before spawning were fighting a virus. When Dr. Miller requested permission to test farmed salmon for this virus signature she was not allowed, she was also prevented from going to meetings and speaking to the media when she published in the journal of SCIENCE on this phenomena. Now, the Skeena sockeye appear to be exhibiting a similar characteristic. We understand that DFO Fish Health sampled sockeye at the Babine fence as well, so we look forward to hearing their results. No one informed First Nations of this die-off until my crew spoke with them.

    The Cohen Commission was set up to find out why BC's wild salmon are dwindling. You can see that the process was not open but controlled and scientists were muzzled both in communication and method.

    Not wanting to minimize Fukushima but there are many problems with farmed fish in open pens as they spread disease to wild salmon. Our provincial BC government seems to support this industry over hard working fishermen and traditional first nations food source. This decimation of wild fish has been happening long before Fukushima.


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  • timex

    Ok thanks JoyB ,Mark and enoughalready45 for your comments about the matter. I also mailed to the company who make the inspector asking can it really help testing food, this is what they tell me:

    "The true way to detect contamination in food is to use a Scintillation system such as our GammaPAL. This is a portable analyzing system; Cost is $16,000.00
    That being said, if you have absolutely nothing, the Radiation Alert® Inspector may give you an "indication" if you have something contaminated. It is best to take a timed count to establish your normal background then take a count over or a slide onto the optional wipe test plate your food sample. I recommend 10 minutes. If it is highly contaminated the detector would pick it up and it will be noticeable. But, Water, fats etc. in foods can act as a shield. If after the timed count over the food you see counts much higher than your normal background, this can be an indication there may be contamination."

    so looks like i could use the detector to at least help in some cases…..i really dont have $16,000.00 to buy GammaPAL ,who has !
    That imetry gamma ray spectrometry is very interesting hardware, amazing that the price is just below $300, dont have ipad thought..
    Yes avoiding risky food is probably the most wise method now , i been also thinking about the detox side lately and i think it is also very important, so buying the handheld detector would be like the third method…..doing all those 3 things is how…


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    • Timex, If you have some money to spend, do research and ask questions in Post you radiation thread. I learned the hard way what not to buy. Its a very technical subject and all new to this have a steep learning curve. Like buying a car. No right choice. The sensitive pancake tubes are more accurate but less durable. A data port is very useful to have for continuous monitoring. My SOEKS unit does not have that but still I'm way ahead of the game compared to someone with nothing to measure radiation. If a major crisis happens at least I'll have a clue. And the Soeks unit is durable and very portable. Finally there are more options besides the iMetry equipment if you want to test food and have some disposable income. You don't need to spend 16,000 bucks to do that. Inspector people won't tell you that. They are not selling the competitors product.
      Check out spectronomy chat rooms.


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  • timex

    i definitely agree here with Mark ,The evening news won't help you


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  • There used to be many fish canneries around the Lower Mainland or Greater Vancouver area. Talk to any older people in area. Met someone who fixed and sterilized cannery equipment. His Dad and his Dads Dad were succesful fishermen. Thats all long gone pre-Fuku-Dai-ichi. That man will never work in a cannery again as they are all gone. They want you relying on big corporations for everything. Not free people jumping into any old boat catching fish for food fun and profit. They don't want you free. Fukushima meltdown is only one aspect of a much bigger problem we have been ignorant of most of our lives but it is becoming blatantly obvious just lately. Glad a few people like Ms Morton are willing to sacrifice time and money for the greater good of everyone. And yes I had problems posting comment got a window you need to sign in to post even though I signed in. You can cut and paste your comment into Word if your long winded like me and want your work saved. Probably a routine problem with enenews server. If caused by too much traffic, this is a good thing.


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  • Lady M

    Dr. Goodheart at 3:21 and Mark at 3:26 — sure, could be! That's why I suggested cutting a couple of the veggies open to have a look; might find the veggie-in-a-veggie situation or other anomaly like those we saw back in late 2011 in some Fukushima veggies.


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  • OldFool

    If a specific radionuclide is actually causing these bleeding problems and multiple organ failures of spleen, liver, etc. (reminds me of septic shock from a common Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli, etc. in the blood), then the best single candidate is the beta particle emitter Strontium-90. Excessive bleeding in many other fish implies severe platelet damage, which implies damage to the megakaryocytes that permanently reside in the bone marrow. Strontium-90 is a pretty good candidate to fit the symptoms. That would be my first choice focus for a radiation detection screening in meat from Canadian waters.


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  • wxman2001

    A beautiful world, if we only see
    full of life and grace, bird and bee
    majestic Eagle, sly fox, and towering tree
    all dancing a cosmic tango for us to see.

    Golden shafts of warm sun light
    spin lazy motes of fine grain dust.
    pine scented air, creek flashing bright
    I spin my lure, hoping it won't be a bust.

    Snap! Jump, arcing silver in the sun
    I reel it in, rod bending with strain.
    Sun is setting, the day nearly done
    inspect my dinner, hands aching with pain.

    Only 4 bequerels…what a catch!
    A few blemishes, not too dire
    You must always take care to watch
    what you eat post-Fukushima fire


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