DC Bureau: Report of “a possibly new and weird kind of spider that thrives in radioactive cooling pools” (PHOTO)

Published: February 10th, 2012 at 10:18 am ET
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Follow-up to: Paper: Strange growth discovered on spent fuel could be "biological in nature" -- White, stringlike material resembles spider web

Title: Monster Mystery at SRS
Source: DC Bureau
Author: Joseph Trento
Date: February 9th, 2012
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SOURCE: swns.com

Highly radioactive snakes, frogs and even a three-legged gator populate the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.

When you pour, for more than 50 years, radioactive material into a 300 square mile area of South Carolina that is a glorified swamp, strange things are going to happen. Now it appears SRS has a monster mystery on its radioactive hands.

Stumpy the SRS alligator has some serious competition – possibly a new breed of spider that thrives in highly radioactive cooling ponds. A spider web like substance found in cooling pools caused enough concern that SRS officials filed a report with the Defense Facilities Safety Board. The Daily Mail reports a possibly new and weird kind of spider that thrives in radioactive cooling pools may be responsible for making webs among the most dangerous of SRS’s nuclear waste.  [...]

Read the report here

h/t Anonymous tip

Trento worked for CNN’s Special Assignment Unit, the Wilmington News Journal, and prominent journalist Jack Anderson. Trento has received six Pulitzer nominations. See more of his reporting on SRS here: MOX plant using weapons-grade plutonium being built at S. Carolina site with ominous looking reactors -- Located on top of region's most dangerous fault line (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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10 comments to DC Bureau: Report of “a possibly new and weird kind of spider that thrives in radioactive cooling pools” (PHOTO)

  • Anthony Anthony

    This is weird – you’d think they’d thoroughly back this up with some clear proof or documentation?

    *We found cowpies near the reactor and suggest there’s an unknown new kind of radioactive cow on the loose. *

    ?


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  • lam335 lam335

    Look out! Here comes the Spider Man . . . or at least the spider that bit him . . .


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  • or-well

    Submarine Spider
    thinks something’s fishy
    in the fuel pools
    at SRS.
    Submarine Spider
    loves a good mystery
    and tricking fools
    with PR BS.

    OK,
    maybe it’s fungal
    deep in the jungle
    of spent fuel rods -
    or simple a bungle
    when some worker dropped
    takeout fastfood
    in that very spot.


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  • Sevv Sevv

    If it’s indeed biological in nature, it needs definetely to be studied (though the article feels quite speculative). Living in such a radioactive environment it surely uses it to it’s own advantage. Could be like the melanin-fungi in chernobyl (using radioactivity like plant-chlorophyl uses sunlight) or it could be eating radioactive stuff, producing chemically (more) inert stuff (which would be very good) or chemically more reactive (which would be very bad, but is that possible? I’d say chemically reactive stuff is high energy which would be used by the organism instead of being produced). Bacteria and some earthworms are already known to do this.


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  • Stephengn

    This is the most ridiculous distracting tabloid BS.

    If it was a spider it would need to have something to prey upon and there are NOT little things swimming around in the fuel pool for spiders to eat

    If it is biological, its bacterial.

    More likely it’s a never before seen chemical reaction

    Our total ignorance of such things is just one more reason to get off nukes


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  • dosdos dosdos

    It has the appearance of mycelium. There are plenty of strains of fungi that will grow in the presence of intense radiation, and plenty that will grow underwater.

    Another possibility is a filament algae. Most of these are blue-green, but some are white.

    There have been a number of reports of mysterious white stringy infestations of aquariums along the southern east coast, and no one seems to be able to ID the stuff. It could be the same stuff, since it is in the same general region.


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    • GoFrodo

      True. Radiotrophic fungi.

      I thought they were the black molds, the ones whose melanin uses ionizing radiation to grow.

      There is probably radiotrophic fungi in people’s homes, having a good time since Fukushima/Hanford/Anna/San Onofre/etc. Black mold has melanin, and black mold can be found in homes. …


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