CBC News: Something very odd is happening in Pacific; Sea creatures acting strangely, species turning up where rarely seen — Related to Fukushima crisis? — L.A. Lifeguard: Used to be 2 shark sightings a year, now it’s 2 a day (VIDEOS)

Published: November 27th, 2013 at 6:36 pm ET


CBC News Vancouver at 6, Nov. 4, 2013: What’s going on in B.C.’s weird ocean waters? Scientists are just as puzzled as the rest of us […] There’s something very odd happening in the ocean and in the waters around B.C. — sea creatures are behaving strangely. And species are turning up where they are rarely seen. […] Extraordinary marine activity […] From California all the way to Alaska […] Others point to disasters like Japan’s tsunami that triggered a nuclear crisis, but no one knows for sure. […] the ecosystem is such an intricate web of combinations and permutations and relationships so any disturbance in one side of it can have bi ramifications all through it. Only monitoring and reporting, experts say, will tell us what’s going on.  >> Watch the broadcast here

CBC News, Nov. 27, 2013: Curious humpback encounter dazzles whale watchers — Captain recalls whale encounter […] We turned around and there was this humpback with his head completely out of the water , about 6 feet of it lookin at us […] There it was, just starin at us maybe 10 feet from the boat. The rest of a full hour it swam under the boat, around the boat […] everybody was ecstatic […] I’ve been on these waters since 1988 and nothing like this has ever happened to me before.[…] It’s a once in a lifetime event. >> Watch the humpback encounter here

LA Weekly, Nov. 27, 2013: […] Capt. Kyle Daniels of the L.A. County Lifeguard Division told us previously that while there might have been two shark sightings a year in the past, this year has seen an average of two reporting sightings per day. […] So should we be afraid? Not really. [Marine biologist Chris Lowe, head of Cal State Long Beach’s Sharklab] argues that “humans aren’t on the list” of things baby sharks like to eat. […] “These young sharks are probably scared,” Lowe says. […]

Watch an encounter with the sharks here

Published: November 27th, 2013 at 6:36 pm ET


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53 comments to CBC News: Something very odd is happening in Pacific; Sea creatures acting strangely, species turning up where rarely seen — Related to Fukushima crisis? — L.A. Lifeguard: Used to be 2 shark sightings a year, now it’s 2 a day (VIDEOS)

  • Nick

    You can't talk about what;s going on if it embarasses Japan.

    The NSA will soon join forces and clamp down on any real reporting of "strange happenings around the globe"

    Perfect. Fukushima problem solved.

    I bet the humpback was trying to tell the captain that things have gon to hell in a hen basket and that he's hungry.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Seems to me, that like human refugees fleeing a war, drought or famine, the inhabitants of the pacific may well be moving away or fleeing from something that's potentially life threatening to them.

    Does anybody know where they're coming from, and has there been a decrease in sightings at those locations ?

    • Pete

      That is exactly what they are doing, but the Pacific is huge and I think most of the wildlife are coming out of the deep water offshore where they would not commonly be observed.
      I am in Seattle and we have seen lots of strange behavior here a well, the starfish wasting, but also a superpod of aprox 1000 dolphins moving thru the sound together. I read dolphins are not typically in puget sound this time of year and to my knowledge there has never been a superpod of this size moving all together at once.
      Also many whales have died or are coming into shallow water, like the Wright (sp?) whales that no one has seen for 50 years or something crazy, they think there's 120 left and what 30 have been found on beaches in past months.
      Its not just the pacific anymore though, Ive read stories of weirdness in the atlantic too, hundreds of dolphins dying and washing up on the beach.
      A guy in FL caught a 800lb ray that normally only lives below 1000 feet, story said it was hundreds of years old and they've never caught one alive before.
      There was also a great white shark they have been radiotracking, it was 16.5 feet & 3500lbs 2 years ago when they tagged it, they know its been all over the world, europe, south africa, and then a few days (or maybe weeks ago) they tracked it going up a freshwater river in South Carolina.
      Thats a huge shark for a freshwater river, was it chasing large fish that also went up the river or was it just trying to get out of the ocean?

      • Mack Mack

        I wonder if the radioisotopes from Fukushima are settling to the bottom of bodies of water already….

        Isotopes can stick to particles like plankton and sink to the bottom.

        Phytoplankton accumulates Plutonium.

        Plutonium can settle to the bottom and crabs uptake it.

        Technetium is known to settle to the bottom and lobster uptakes it.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    that whale video, humbling. Sad… Maddening! Amazing.

  • Gradius

    The global scale madness just started.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nature is telling the world what's going on.

  • Harpo, the clown we are saddled with in Canada is pushing through a pipeline to the west coast. He is known for muzzling scientists. So don't expect any scientific study to figure out what fish are doing unless it supports tarsand projects. The huge sturgeon found in local Vancouver Fraser river have migrated to the Columbia river and vice versa. Was only found out when fishermen started tagging fish. More is not known then known about fish and the ocean. Fukushima has been bleeding 300 tons of radioactive water every day since 311 but 2 and a half years later they are admitting it. But they knew this was happening since March 2011. Plus the Pacific got radiation fallout from the accident. Two sources of radiation.
    Factory trawlers, overfishing, dumping, chemical run off Cruise ship discharges etc etc. Lots of reasons for fish to be disturbed.
    But lots of money reasons to not investigate. It is time we encouraged those in charge to make decisions based on long term health of the planet over short term profits for the privileged.

    Its also time to recognize those in charge are incompetent fools who need to be thrown in jail for derelection of duty.

    • Kashiko Kashiko

      Recently they have been saying 400 tons a day. A typo? A lie? who knows

      • Kashiko, I have heard 300 400 and 600. This is a measure of the amount of groundwater flowing through the site. More of an underground mountain fed river. As I live next to a stream on a mountain I see how rain increases waterflow dramatically on a mountain. Groundwater leaks in and out of foundation of fuku nukes and the water they are dumping on the melted out remnants of core is leaking into the ground mixing with the groundwater. The groundwater flows into the sea. The tonnage amount reported by authorities is suspect but realise they are not even reporting estimated amount of radiation in bequorels. So does it matter what the tonnage of water is if the ammount of radiation is not being reported? Safe to say too much radiation enters the Pacific. No sushi for me. 🙁

        • weeman

          It makes no difference how much water is flowing through, it is what is in that water, does it matter if it is three hundred or three thousand the same amount of contamination is reaching the ocean, if it was one and had three trillion bq, does it make a difference no.

        • Kashiko Kashiko

          so true Mark. Thanks

          • We Not They Finally

            There are estimates as high as 1,000 tons a day. But if the groundwater, the aquifer, is flowing through melted coriums down there, it will be exponentially dangerous forever, with the damage bio-accumulative. The numbers alone will never tell the story.

      • dka

        It is not just the contaminated water that is now endangering life in the Pacific ocean, but there were 3 explosions (maybe 4 or 5) that blew up an incredible amount of radionuclides into the jet stream. An important part of these enormous quantities of contaminants were deposited (fallouts) in the North West Coast of the Pacific.
        The Fukushima fallouts to (as for Chernobyl fallouts did hurt humans after some time), hurts more and more mammals living from the ocean ecosystem as time pass by. And this is going to get much worst for them as the worst of the contaminated waters arrive.
        Also Fukushima downed reactors are still emitting clouds of radionuclides that are still today, some part, being deposited on Pacific West Coast with immediate impacts on the wildlife.

  • Well thats what happens when you kill off the building blocks of the food chain. Sheesh. Criminal nukers, should receive the rule of law.

  • Bones Bones

    Think about not only the radiological changes and increases, but the chemical reactions within the ocean of all these radioactive isotopes. Their habitats themselves could be under destruction through chemical changes and not aided by radiological increases. Then we have animals, which some…SOME, could apparently have "RAIDS" right and they can't survive as well such a changing ocean. They then flee to better waters. This also helps explain more of the "feeling the radiation" and fleeing more their habitats are changing and food sources. Just a theory.

  • Kashiko Kashiko

    It's not puzzling, it just requires your IQ to be higher than a cabbage

    • Bones Bones

      I don't think it's hard to understand that factors besides just radioactivity levels are a concern considering the chemical interactions of the thousands of released radionuclides. It makes the sitiation worse and the destruction of habitats is probably a better reason than just saying they are running from radiation. You wouldn't run from radiation unless you were keeling over dead, you wouldn't know why anyway, or you just get cancer. The only way you would run is by knowing the data something animals can't quite understand or get. I think explaining how these radionuclides destroy ecosystems from not just mutations and radiological problems, but their chemical interactions as well helps explain how huge of a magnitude this really is. It only compounds the problem. It is not like all the radionuclides are inert. I think that is easy to understand. Don't attack allies. Jesus. lol

      • We Not They Finally

        That's true. Any chemical changes in a marine environment could drive creatures to friendlier waters. But every major move upsets the balance.

  • Its sad that there is no political will to properly study this phenomena to determine in no uncertain terms whether this is a natural event or man-made disaster and if it is man-made what caused it radiation or other or combination of pollutants or overfishing.

    People don't trust the "experts" anymore. All opinions appear slanted to business interests. Expert means paid for by special interests which conflict with yours and mine well being.

    So tragic Rob Fords drug use and Miley Cirus's sexy outfits are more important. I'm living in a poorly scripted tragic comedy

  • weeman

    I had to think about how to respond to this post.
    I don't think that it is a matter about weather or not radiation has caused the present lets call it predicament, it is a question of saturation and a combined load on the ecosystem, it may well be the straw that broke the back of the humpbacked whale and if so what lies ahead?

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The ocean reflects the tide of radioactive substances. A current of isotopes charged and destructive from the initial plume is enough to be the cause behind the mass oceanic life die offs.

  • Lots of negative things have built up to hurt the ocean, the Fuku mess is perhaps the tipping point.

    The death of the Pacific won't be the death of the world, but it will sure be a step in the wrong direction.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    We've come so far in 95 years. . .

    "It wasn't just quacks like Bailey who thought radiation was good for you. In an article in The American Journal of Clinical Medicine, Dr. C. G. Davis claimed that "radioactivity prevents insanity, rouses noble emotions, retards old age, and creates a splendid youthful joyous life." Other experts credited radiation with stimulating the body to throw off waste products."


  • 16Penny 16Penny

    When you look at this story in context it makes perfect sense. Sailor reported a few weeks back about the lack of wild life in the ocean during a trans pacific voyage, reports of unprecedented wildlife sightings up and down the west coast of the US. Not really that hard to connect the dots. Whether it is due to radiation, chemical pollution or a combination, they are running from something bad, they are fleeing death.

    • SS4U SS4U

      they are fleeing. nowhere to flee to once they hit the west coast of Pacific. this is terrible.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        They can continue the loop..towards Hawaii.
        What concerns me is that what they are eating.
        The lower life forms are in trouble.

  • lickerface lickerface

    "So what is going on? The CBC's Belle Puri set out to find out — and discovered scientists are just as puzzled as the rest of us."

    I wouldn't expect anything less from CBC, owned by GE.


    Proof again that GE's own CBC will keep feeding you that lie. The problems started before the tsunami. Oh, it's nature to blame eh? It's NUCLEAR that triggered the dang nuclear crisis!

    CBC has been in a bigtime misinformation movement against medicinal plants (one in particular – Mitragyna speciosa) lately, and are using sensationalism and blatant lies just to fear-monger.

    Facebook Alarmists? You know where this is headed… they call alarmists terrorists now. Good luck everyone and watch out for these alarmist police coming for you.

  • jec jec

    There is a story with photos in one of the sailing magazines showing a young humpback whale of 20 some feet(!!) swimming around a small sailboat, blowing bubbles around and just 'being friends?' for hours and hours. The boat had to leave its isolated anchorage and move out to sea to get the whale to stop bumping and playing with the boat. This is not normal behavior! Was in the Pacific NW Passage area of the West Coast of USA.

  • FXofTruth

    CBS News has a serious problem doing simple math.
    They are stumbling over the simple equation of 1 + 1 = 2.
    It's so hard to put their collective heads around what 1 + 1 is equal to!

    Let me help.

    We'll make the first "1" equal a totally melted nuclear plant.
    (A melted nuclear plant is very bad.)
    Then, we'll make the second "1" equal the entire Pacific Ocean used to cool the totally melted nuclear plant. (Using ocean water to cool a totally melted nuclear plant is very, very, very bad!)

    Now, if you add the very bad situations together it should equal what? It equals, SCREWED! Everything is screwed!

    So, since sea life is really more intelligent than human life because sea life attempts to flee from radiation but man, will go live in the middle of it and ignore the consequences….this explains why scientists and journalists are incredibly confused by the 1+1=2 equation!

    Imagine if you added another "1" to the equation? Oh my God, they would be forever confused and maybe suicidal because of it. Now CBS go back to reporting about things like Cupcake Fairs and Football games so, no one hurts their brain anymore.

  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    Can you imagine, if just for a moment, how God feels about this as it is seen to unfold, minute by minute, second by second?

    It's being viewed by the heavenly hosts, on a global scale; we only see a tiny portion. More than ample evidence that shows us that man cannot rule man, AT ALL and never has been able to.

    A total disaster in the making, and we are powerless to stop it now, from getting worse, and worse and worse.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    But it is nuclear war.
    Some feel that..(the official terrorists)..are looking for ways to tamper with nuclear facilities as a means of warfare.
    Why drop bombs from above..
    Just set off a dirty bomb..and step back and wait.

  • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

    It's stands to reason that if all of the plankton and algae in the ocean are dead from the radiation then there is probably little oxygen in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The sea animals may be looking for water with oxygen in it?

    Google Search: plankton oxygen

    I got this link:


    "phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere"

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "CBC News: Something very odd is happening in Pacific; Sea creatures acting strangely, species turning up where rarely seen — Related to Fukushima crisis?"

    Talk about your hard hitting investigative reporting.

  • Socrates

    The behavior of fish should be separated from marine mammals. Currents, temperatures and the availability of food are the factors that would tend to explain changes in migration patterns.

    If the organisms lowest on the food chain such as phytoplankton are affected by radioactive materials from Fukushima, combined with other anthropomorphic and natural changes, then feeding patterns higher up the food chain will require behavioral strategies different from what worked in the past. If so many bait fish such as anchovies are present on the West Coast, then predator fish might follow these schools. Whales may overcome fears of humans.

    As a behavioralist, I hesitate to make attributions to causes such as animal intuition, yet instincts are undenial.

    Mankind has changed the marine environment in many ways. Many chemicals washed out to sea from the tsunami in Japan where things are highly industrialized, as opposed to Indonesia where there was far less.

  • JMR

    Has anyone else been watching the NETC site since they moved those fuel rods in SPF 4? Holy crap! This thing has gotten worse and worse by the day. San Fran, Olympia and Richland are all now Radcon 5 levels and Richland has been for at least 3 days now. The levels are increasing at many sites and increasing as you go further east. Something bad has certainly happened if these readings are correct. http://www.netc.com/

  • ftlt

    Here is an article from 2005


    The seas are already sick, they don't need FUFU making them more so..

  • Heed the signs.

    We should ALL be aware and preparing for the 'highly probable' and in my opinion, inevitable long/short range catastrophic outcomes from Fukushima right NOW!

    Not being AWARE NOW will cause greater disruption/panic when the 'psychological moment of impact' occurs for the masses.
    (again, just my opinion)

    _ 目覚める…!!!
    ( Wake Up…!!!)


    “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.”
    ― Bruce Lee

    [a repost]

  • bdais92

    Articles keep relating these problems with the warming of the waters instead of any kind of radiation (their delusional), isnt the water that passes by the cores on its way to the Pacific being heated by the cores? That amount of heated water entering the ocean could be doing severe damage itself, running micro sea life away from fukushima, and predators will always follow their food source all the way up the chain, humans will be the last to flee!

  • smack smack

    Pink Salmon on the 'run' 2013 as well as in 1963 (the year after
    the "Operation Dominic" multi-nuclear test's at the xmas island —

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    "For almost three months, Monterey [CA] and nearby coastal areas have played host to a mammoth convocation of sea life that scientists here say is unprecedented in their memories…" It started with an unusual accumulation of anchovies then came the snip…"Humpback whales, pelicans and sea lions … all common summer sights off the Monterey coast… But never that anyone remembers have there been this many or have they stayed so long, feeding well into November.
    'It's a very strange year,' said Baldo Marinovic, a research biologist…" Find it in NYT, the SFChron, or <http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Tons-of-whales-feasting-on-anchovies-near-Monterey-5019949.php#photo-5517917&gt;.

    Tons of whales feasting on anchovies near Monterey
    Erica Goode, New York Times
    Published 4:16 pm, Thursday, November 28, 2013.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Indonesian boat catches fire in Japanese waters. Of 5 crew that jumped in , only one was rescued with shark bite wounds, the other four were not found…………

    An Indonesian sailor has been rescued despite suffering a shark attack but four other crewmen are missing after their Taiwanese fishing boat apparently caught fire in the East China Sea, officials said on Sunday. Taiwan's coastguard said they were informed by their Japanese counterparts Saturday noon that the 26-tonne "Cheng Tsai Li" was drifting 35 nautical miles (65 km) northeast of Miyako-jima, an island in Japan's Okinawa prefecture. An Indonesian sailor aboard the fishing vessel was rescued by another Taiwanese fishing boat, the Taiwan coastguard said. "He was injured, suffering from shark bites," coastguard spokesman Hsieh Ching-chin told AFP. No details of the attack or the man's injuries were available.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Just think of all the creatures that ran west from the encroaching plumes of tsunami chemicals and then fukushima isotopes and are now trapped in the sea of japan and the east china sea, north and south.

      I'm sure that would be a lot of sharks concentrated as they are a very electrical disturbance aware creature.

      One poor fisherman must not have been tasty enough…