Biologist: Pacific herring in Canada bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails — I’ve never seen fish looking this bad — All 100 examined were bloody — Officials informed of hemorrhaging soon after 3/11 — Gov’t ignoring problem (PHOTO)

Published: August 19th, 2013 at 12:29 pm ET


The Globe and Mail, Aug 13, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is raising concerns about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing fish to hemorrhage. […] “Two days ago I did a beach seine on Malcolm Island [near Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island] and I got approximately 100 of these little herring and they were not only bleeding from their fins, but their bellies, their chins, their eyeballs.  […] “It was 100 per cent … I couldn’t find any that weren’t bleeding to some degree. And they were schooling with young sockeye [salmon]

SOURCE: Alexandra Morton via Vancouver 24 hrs

Sun News, Aug 12, 2013: [Morton] dragged up several hundred of the fish this past weekend and found the apparent infection had spread – instead of their usual silver colour the fish had eyes, tails, underbellies, gills and faces plastered with the sickly red colour. “I have never seen fish that looked this bad,” […] In June, the affected fish were only found in eastern Johnstone Strait, but have since spread to Alert Bay and Sointula, she said., Aug 16, 2013: Morton […] pulled up a net of about 100 herring near Sointula and found they were all bleeding. “It was pretty shocking to see,” said Morton […] Herring school with small sockeye salmon and are also eaten by chinook and coho.

Cover of Vancouver 24 hrs (SOURCE: Alexandra Morton)

‘Response’ from Canadian Government

Vancouver 24 hrs, Aug 11, 2013: [Morton] says Fisheries and Oceans Canada [FOC] is ignoring the problem. […] According to emails from FOC, the federal authority had asked the marine biologist to send in 20 to 30 herring in September 2011, saying that would be “more than sufficient for the lab to look for clinical signs of disease and provide sufficient diagnostics.” She did, and hasn’t heard back since. […] FOC officials did not respond to a request for comment by the 24 hours presstime., Aug 16, 2013: Fisheries and Oceans Canada is trying to confirm reports from an independent biologist that herring around northern Vancouver Island have a disease that is causing bleeding from their gills, bellies and eyeballs. […] Arlene Tompkins of DFO’s [Department of Fisheries and Oceans’] salmon assessment section said staff in the Port Hardy area have not found bleeding herring. “We are trying to retrieve samples, but [Monday] we were not successful because of heavy fog,” she said. “We haven’t had any other reports of fish kills or die-offs [see salmon report below].” Tompkins has seen photographs provided by Morton […]

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Published: August 19th, 2013 at 12:29 pm ET


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74 comments to Biologist: Pacific herring in Canada bleeding from eyeballs, faces, fins, tails — I’ve never seen fish looking this bad — All 100 examined were bloody — Officials informed of hemorrhaging soon after 3/11 — Gov’t ignoring problem (PHOTO)

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    At this time there is no immediate threat to public health.

    …what, wrong press conference? Oh….

    At this time we are investigating the issue but are unable to determine a cause. We will continue to work with local authorities and inform the public of any changes in situation.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    A close up of our fate to come. Most people still blind to this. When their tears turn bloody maybe people will wake up. The Pacific now unsafe for eternity. More reactors will fail before this gets better. We are fukued.

  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    1 of .xxx³
    any type of creature, all genres

    All they have to pay the colliery..

    the most in shadow and unknown
    without help or puplic
    in pain and agony
    Cry it out puplic it when you can and where u can

    woho dont fight for ethically human loses the right
    of a health and peacefully liveing in harmonic Nature Rules

    sustainability is the magic word and way

  • Could it be, that these herring are eating ocean algae that is like this?

    Plutonium And Cesium Bio-Concentrates 26,000 Times In Ocean Algae, Up To 5,570,000 Bq/Kg in Land Algae; via @AGreenRoad

    Animals And Plants; Low Level Radiation Effects

    Wonder if there are any TRUE scientists out there, willing and able to search and find the truth about radiation bio concentration up the food chain? Are there any left?

    Or do they all promise to research it, but then never do… or alternatively, they do, but are muzzled and never report their radiation findings?

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Excellent and I have tried to warn everyone that blood will soon be spurting from their own eyes.

      It must start first with the fish and then this event will move up the food chains.

      WE must all learn to be patient for our human fate will be exactly.. one and the same.

      Best to prepare with an expensive good set of tight goggles with drain lines leading to bags and I guess something like eye catheters. Hey thats a winner concept for a new business…eye catheter bags!

      The goggles will help keep down the amount of paper towels one will have to carry along with them in their travels, since there surely will be spills along the way. You know the wise civil authorities will demand that we clean up after ourselves, all these varied bloody eye spills, just like the doggie bags now required after we walk rover.

      Now I must go to work on developing rover's eye catheter goggles and bags..the pet business huge!

      And about to get a great deal bigger and all the vets are just waiting in line…

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Expect all pricing to increase in all the afore mentioned products and concepts accordingly!


        Anybody seen Booby?

        Progress.. isn't it just wonderful!

    • jbvtme

      screw scientists. they are what got us here.

  • Cerviche

    Its amazing how people havnt figured out how the cycle of life works lol, algae> crustaceans > fish > bigger fish > birds and people. Apparently in the American system they dont teach people of the food chain and what happens if one of things at the bottom of that chain goes missing or is poisoned….. the government sure does know how to cover something up lol

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's good that this scientist brought it out in the open.

  • We Not They Finally

    A 100 out of a 100 isn't "a sample." It's fish genocide.

  • Cerviche

    Before of after "Dilution"?

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    "In some respect for the population it’s actually good to have small outbreaks"

    Why does that comment ring with this comment…..

    “If we could use it to enhance our own drinking water here in Oregon where background radiation is low, it would hormetically enhance our resistance to degenerative diseases.”

  • Cerviche

    Idiots in power, why dont they try conditioning themselves with cyanide? that should help, in the radiation case maybe they want to create Bruce Banners and The Amazing Spiderman

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    "Makhijani has noted that the bioaccumulation effect of strontium 90 could be devastating for a pregnant mother who ingests aquatic foods or drinks that have been contaminated, as the child could be born with a weakened immune system."

    Hmmm.. weakened immune system.

  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    According to reptile ann coulter these should be super herring's ,
    maybe they didden't get the memo..

  • It seems that way back in 2011, the Canadian government promised to 'start' testing for radiation in fish. Whatever happened to that testing? What were the results? Who is testing today? Where are the radiation results for these herring?

    And then that Alaska researcher also promised to come out with radiation test results a LONG time ago, regarding the seals with sores and oozing skin.. Anyone heard what the results were?

    Same with the seals, sea lions and other critters dying along the coast of California… lots of promises to test for radiation, and then nothing… silence…

  • Some of the live diseased seals have exhibited lethargy and labored breathing. Findings from dead seals have shown significant lesions in the skin, respiratory system, liver, lymphoid system, heart, and brain.

    Hmmmm, lesions… just like the research in Russia on children with body loads of 10-50Bq/kg of cesium.

    50Bq/kg guaranteed lesions in organs, glands and etc..

    Anyone want to bet that if someone did whole body radiation scans of these critters, that cesium would show up, greater than 50Bq/kg?

    • american dreamer satan loves nukes

      Here's the only person that I could find that 'researched' the dead Alaskan Seals:
      John J. Kelley, Ph.D.
      Professor Emeritus, Marine Science
      School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
      University of Alaska Fairbanks
      He supposedly took tissue samples 2/12 and shipped them to some "lab" for testing. After several weeks results that he claimed to received from the lab showed "no unusual radiation."

      How far down the rabbit hole or (fuku hole) do you really want to go?

      • That is a problem, because that is NOT how to do whole body, internal radiation testing.

        Say that cesium has accumulated in the organs and glands, thus causing the health problems.

        But the skin and blubber contains almost NONE, becuase that is not where cesium accumulates.

        So if he took a tissue sample where there is little or no cesium, he would get a 'no radiation' reading.

        Also, who did the radiation testing, and how did they do it? Did they hold a cheap Geiger Counter a couple of feet away from the tissue and get a clear reading?

        There are lots and lots of problems with this 'testing', if it did indeed happen.

        • The best organ to test for cesium is the heart, and a dried sample at that.

          Very little or no cesium would show up in the skin or flippers for example.

          Since there was no disclosure of what tissue was tested, or whether the tissue was wet or dry, the whole test is suspect and basically worthless.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Have we heard anything new about this from the President?
    Where is the transparency?


  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    This video from Dr. Conrad Miller, one of the few MD's that is talking about Fukushima. He discusses food monitoring etc. who is and who is not.

  • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

    Volcanic eruption coats Japanese city with ash

    (Kagoshima, in the south of Japan)

  • kez

    Anyone out of the 12K viewers of this actually read the whole article abt bloody herring in Pacific?

    The biologist suspects well known and documented fish virus(es):

    Thought that might be important to point out.

    • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

      There is nothing like "bad" viruses or bacteria. They just recycle all dead or toxic things, a dead human body, animal, insect etc.. Nobody who is healthy needs to fear viruses.

      What we have to fear is toxic stuff or radiation.

      These fish did not die of viruses. I am not the expert, but I know it nevertheless. Read a (good) website of vaccine-opposers.

      • Mack Mack

        The symptoms the fish are experiencing might be caused by other things besides "viral erythrocytic necrosis" or "viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus," such as:

        (a) lack of oxygen in the water (couldn't radionuclides affect the oxygen ratio in the water?)

        (b) a sudden rise in water temperature which can cause gases to expand rapidly and release gas bubbles which cause tissue damage (couldn't hot radionuclides cause an increase in water temperature?)

        (c) exposure to environmental toxins (aren't radionuclides environmental toxins?)

        (d) bacteria or parasites

        (e) cancer – yes, fish can get cancer. A "gill tumor" in a fish can be caused by a thyroid problem. (radionuclides cause thyroid problems)

        • irhologram

          Mack. Or. The hemorraging could be caused by H2S…which can cause bleeding from the eyes, ears, and nose in humans…which accompanies methane in the Clathrate melt, fracking, forest fires, EQ and volcanic releases…(with two undersea volcanoes ongoing off the Baja and off Oregon.). It is not IMpossible and therefore possible…that the red "spots" and lesions on fish, sea lions, etc. are from being "burned" by the water. The problem with saying these horrific "poisonings" are definitely radioactive, which we're assuming by the mere fact that the information hasn't been released…and the problem of tracing any H2S involvement…is that the autopsies would have to be done within 6 hours of exposure …or else no trace remains and therefore would go undetected.

    • From your link describing how fish suffer from this virus;

      "Fish that become infected experience hemorrhaging of their internal organs, skin, and muscle. Some fish show no external symptoms, but others show signs of infection that include bulging eyes, bloated abdomens, bruised-looking reddish tints to the eyes, skin, gills and fins. Some infected fish have open sores that may look like the lesions from other diseases or from lamprey attacks.[39]

      There may also be a nervous form of the disease where fish are constantly flashing and showing abnormal behaviour.[40]"

      Key word; SOME

      What would it take for 100% of ALL fish to have exactly identical things going on?

      And what is described above does not match exactly… also no reports of die offs…

      Yes, salmon do have a major problem with this virus, and so do other wild fish.. and this school of herring swimming with salmon fry may be suffering from that virus.

      Whether it is a virus or radiation, the biologists seem to be having the same problem that independent radiation researchers do.. no response from government or the 'experts' in charge.

    • Even if it is a virus, that doesn't rule out radiation, as radiation weakens the immune system, allowing opportunistic infections and diseases.

      Look for both..

      All reports and investigations so far keep saying that they are looking for viruses, but don't find any.

  • AntonButler

    Wrong again Cologne Cathedral.
    Healthy people have been killed by virus and bacterial infections
    since the year dot.
    You again know zero about these microorganisms.
    WHAT UTTER Unsinn you write, yet again

    • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

      Sorry Mr. Butler, I cannot edit my posting for you.
      But perhaps you can do it?

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      is there any doubt radiation induced immune dysfunction enables spread of microbial disease? Its the same with the sea lions…sure it could be toxic algae etc, but who will trace the complex relation all the way through the toxic layers of mans insults?

      • kez

        Yes CodeSD, No question or doubt that rad exposure lowers immune system.

        As does any stressor to the system. (Like fish cooped up in farms and hatcheries).

        Question here is are these fishies showing increased radition levels? There is absolutely no quoted evidence in the articles presented here ..

        And the biologist requested *viral* testing. There is no suggestion of radiation.

        Take care.

        • Kassandra

          There is no evidence in the article of radiation because no evidence will be provided,

          Go back to sleep while the human genome is decimated with micro deletions and other mutations

  • It is well known that the immune system is compromised by low level radiation.

    It is documented that low level radiation contamination happened in the Pacific.

    It is documented that sea lions, seals, polar bears and now fish have all suffered from sores, hair loss, and internal damage, all in roughly the same time period, right after 3/11, to now.

    Local areas might have had diseases and die offs before this.

    What is different now is that the animals suffered from a HUGE mortality rate all the way from Alaska down to California.

    This was NOT local. The biologists could NOT find any bacteria or virus.

    Science is about looking for cause and effect..

    Yes, it could be disease. This was ruled out.

    Yes, it could be methane, but could that be a cause across thousands of miles of ocean?

    Much more likely, because there is a definite release of HUGE amounts of radiation, and then right after that, a massive die off of sea animals, plus high radiation readings in seaweed, plantkton and algae.

    Now we see small fish are affected in much the same way…

    Yea, could be a disease, could be any number of things, but our bet is on radiation, moving up the food chain.. hope we are wrong, because if we are right, the consequences will appear soon in humans.

    • kez

      Doc .. I appreciate your passion but there is absolutely no evidence here that pathological (virus) testing was done by anyone.

      There is also no evidence that rad testing was done.

      If you have a source stating otherwise .. that there was any followup testing .. please share links.

      Otherwise I think it's fair to say this is your opinion/speculation only that Fuku contamination is the source.

      There is also an east coast suspected viral outbreak killing dolphins in the news.

      Take care.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Kez..good point!

      • Jebus Jebus

        Sorry kez, you should take some time to actually research your information, it makes you look lazy… 🙂

        Bleeding herring in Johnstone Strait tested for disease

        The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed a report by independent researcher Alexandra Morton that there are diseased herring in Johnstone Strait, near the north end of Vancouver Island.

        Ms. Tompkins said the fish are being tested for a variety of diseases at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo.

        “They started running the tests Friday, so it is a little early yet,” she said. “The expectation is we’ll know within two weeks, but we’ll know at the latest by the end of the month, early September.”

        Ms. Tompkins said the herring will be tested for viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a disease that is lethal to herring and typically causes hemorrhaging around the eyes, mouths and fins.

        She said there have been no reports of sick herring anywhere else on the British Columbia coast.

        DFO so far has only collected herring samples near Sointula.

        Don't let us lazy, uncommitted activists get an edge on ya… 😉

        • kez

          Excellent followup Jebus. Thank you for your research.

          No rad testing eh?

          🙂 .. seriously .. good work.

          • Jebus Jebus

            Naw, it only took a couple of seconds to find the facts…

            We'll see if they produce the resultant data. Like the testing data on the seals, polar bears and other creatures with lesions all over their skin.

            Even if that testing shows disease, it still doesn't rule out 2.5 years of Fukushima fallout, gushing into the sea, as the triggering factor of disease…

            • Jebus Jebus

              You have to remember the soluability of caesium and it's ability to be flushed through the gastrointestinal tract, all the while killing you softly with a million paper cuts allowing existing bacteria and viri easy access past the bodies natural defences.

              Is that what hormesis is supposed to do?

              • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

                Yes, with a million paper cuts just like the slasher!

                • Ourself Ourself

                  And with some luck, maybe our kids will come out looking like slender-man. If we're really lucky, of course, they'll grow up to be as brilliant as Art Robinson.

  • Of course, on the other side of things, TEPCO is testing fish near FUKU, and reports just about all fish are 'safe', both small and large fish..

    Their reporting of safe fish is odd, when put together with the known dumping of radioactive water and fuel rods at the bottom of the ocean from #3 exploding. How could fish be safe in this environment?

    But, TEPCO will not allow ANYONE to test other than TEPCO within 5 miles of the FUKU site. This does not look like an open, transparent and truly scientific process that can be confirmed by anyone who desires to.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The "Truth" is a very powerful sword when ever and where ever it may be drawn..

    • kez

      Hi Obe,

      First. Everyone should actually read the entire linked articles and not just the suggestive snippets posted here.

      There's nothing here but speculation so far .. write to Canadian officials and demand rad testing.

      Write to the biologist and suggest she demand rad testing instead of viral tests.

      Oh yea .. sorry .. deja vu.

      Take care.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Love deja vu!

  • kez

    Here's some info on Alexandra Morton, the biologist reporting herring disease referenced here:

    Contact her .. express your rad concerns. She's feisty. 🙂

    Nite all and take care.

  • talkytiveypoisonivy talkytiveypoisonivy

    Well from what I gather from this article I don't think it would be a good idea to eat pickled herring from the pacific with bleeding eyeballs.

    Yep.. that was my comment.

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