Captain: Massive amount of debris off Hawaii, “You had to be there… just kept going & going… so odd it was in straight line” — Japan Expert: It’s accumulated off islands, warns of fish contamination — Rare dolphin washes up with heart problems & stomach lumps, last examined in 1980s

Published: November 30th, 2013 at 7:45 pm ET
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The Garden Island, Nov. 25, 2013: Swath of debris spotted off Na Pali Coast [...] Capt. Mike Birchett said he was about one mile off the coast of Kalalau Beach when he spotted [...] what he described as a massive amount of marine debris. “You had to be there to see it,” he said. The ribbon-like debris line was between 10 and 20 yards wide, up to two miles long and contained everything from car-sized bundles of commercial fishing nets to buoys, entangled ropes, large plastic fuel cans and buckets, according to Birchett. [...] “It just kept going and going,” he said of the rubbish. “The most amount of trash I’ve ever seen. And it was just so odd that it was in this straight line.” [...] As of Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard was still broadcasting a safety warning to all mariners. “All mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area and report any sightings to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu,” the broadcast says.

The Japan News, Nov. 19, 2013:  “Debris that drifted from Japan has accumulated in the eddy of the current off northeastern Hawaii,” [Prof. Shigeru Fujieda of Kagoshima University] said. “Plastic debris that flows out of the eddy will continue to be carried to places like Hawaii and Alaska.” Substances are often used in the manufacture of plastic goods that, if consumed by fish, could cause reproductive abnormalities or interfere with immune cell development. The substances could also become more concentrated as they are swallowed by different organisms along the food chain. “Human beings could consume chemical substances while eating fish,” Kojima said.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Nov. 23, 2013: A rarely seen dolphin that lives in deep waters off Hawaii washed ashore on Maui last weekend. The 9-foot-long, 800-pound male Risso’s dolphin was found dead on a rocky shoreline near Paia, Hawaii Pacific University biology professor Kristi West said Thursday. A necropsy indicated the dolphin had pneumonia and heart disease. His stomach had firm masses that may have been cancerous. [...] “They’re a huge source of information on these deep divers that we never see,” she said. [...] The last time one of the dolphins was stranded in Hawaii and scientists had an opportunity to examine it was in the late 1980s.

See also: Sailors in Hawaii being asked to monitor Fukushima plumes -- TV: New type of debris washing up on islands, "Really looks different... it's more current driven" -- Study: Japan nuclear contamination moving same speed as current (VIDEO)

More: Sailor: "After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead" -- Nothing alive for over 3,000 miles -- No longer saw turtles, dolphins, sharks, birds -- Saw one whale, it appeared helpless with big tumor on head

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